I have read some articles (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/12/business/coronavirus-china-work-safety.html,https://hbr.org/2020/04/preparing-your-business-for-a-post-pandemic-world ) and watched TV news about the reopening of the US business sector after the pandemic. However, I was wondering how this would affect Product Managers and Developers? The most productive and innovative Product Teams I have been associated with work closely together often in the same buildings. They meet in person on an ongoing basis to work on problems and determine needs for new products. How will this change as people go back to work?
Great point. Human interaction by proximity, in my opinion, is still the most efficient method of ideas exchange, knowledge sharing and brainstorming. Software Product Managers have also proven this by adopting Agile manifesto principles, one of them being 'Individuals and interactions over process and tools.' Surely conferencing is a leap beyond emails and calls, but I believe it still leaves key elements out of the context. The other side of the same equation is the cost benefits of being able to tap into a virtual team-based anywhere. I have a feeling this last will prevail. Daniel Lago