Work Notes #14

It’s been literally a hyper-busy week. From Monday to Wednesday, I worked during the day. In the evenings, I attended video-calls for the Hyper Island campus days, which took place from Thursday to Saturday.

Since it took a while for the finances for our project Diamond to get approved, we had to reschedule the whole project. The biggest blocker for my part in this project is the open position in my team. The COVID-19 situation is challenging for the recruitment process. Although I can manage to do the first interview via video-call, I feel that to hire someone new requires a face-to-face meeting. The Community team is not that big, we work closely together, and everybody has to get along to work efficiently together.

Unfortunately, my team and I will be working from home for at least four more weeks. The Home office might also expand to two months, depending on the development of the pandemic in Switzerland. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

However, I started thinking about the future. Primarily inspired by some great talks during the remote Hyper Island experience. Will the pandemic spark some deep-rooted change in our society and economy? For once, I’m not very optimistic. Instead of adapting the businesses, governments are bailing them out, so they can move along as before.

Nevertheless, it’s no reason to become lazy and apathetic. I encouraged my team to think about the future too. I asked the colleagues to think about the ways of working right now and what aspects we want to keep in place when the home office policy is dropped eventually.

This week, I learned (again)…

  • that the more I learn, the more I realize how little I know.
  • that even if my team might not be able to implement giant leaps, we still can accomplish incremental but meaningful improvements, and innovate step by step.