The onset of COVID-19 has revealed many dependent synergies in the world and their mutual effects on one another. For example, the decrease in human consumption of fossil fuels, not as many cars on the road nor planes in the air has reduced carbon emissions resulting in cleaner air, at least for the time being.
Another synergistic COVID-19 result affects the IT world, including estimation of software delivery. Many organizations wisely instilled a work from home (WFH) policy to mitigate the potential spread of disease. This new work format introduced a fascinating human experiment – can we be as productive en masse during a WFH situation as opposed to being in the office? The lack of physical proximity stresses the importance of fluid and effective communication. During pre-COVID-19 days, estimating software delivery was orchestrated through meetings in hallways and conference rooms to communicate project assumptions, constraints and lobbying for project expectations. But post-COVID-19, we are reliant on remote/virtual contact, limiting the nuances of physical meetings. Thankfully, there are capabilities in place to make this a fluid process within our SLIM-Collaborate solution.