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Community Forum - R&D in the 'New Normal' (part 2)
Innovation Research InterchangeFriday February 19, 2021 7:00am
IRI and Babson College have teamed up to conduct a longitudinal study on the impact that the coronavirus pandemic is having on R&D and innovation management. In order to understand these impacts over time, we will be conducting a series of surveys over the next two years, tracking such key issues as productivity, morale, culture, collaboration, and communication.
As compared to pre-pandemic times, what different steps are you taking when you launch a new project?
Main difference is use of Microsoft teams for collaboration. It was previously deployed, but used less. Now, it's the standard.
Setting up small goals.
More deliberate and interactive charter development.
More frequent meetings are occurring to bring sub-teams together and to develop engagement plans.
More detailed project charters signed by stakeholders, extended steering committees.
Being more intentional about meeting agendas, including introduction time in initial meetings, circulating meeting minutes afterwards. Request people turn on their webcams. We are also driving a more structured problem solving approach.
More "camera on" interactions with people who live remotely.
Using Microsoft Teams rich sites.
Remains the same.
Flexibility in terms of launch date.
From face-to-face meetings to virtual ones; more structured use of digital platforms for exchange. (MS Whiteboard, Teams,...)
No major change, except our Project Managers are more dependent upon virtual kick-off meetings.
Nothing different. Maybe some additional alignment meetings.
Not much change.
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To learn more about the R&D in the 'New Normal' study and receive invitations to the quarterly update calls, please contact Lee Green.