We adopted scrum in the past as the project management paradigm. However one of the cornerstones of scrum is the daily stand-up meeting.
In corona lockdown era (or any time where it is relevant) this is no longer possible face to face. So the first adaptation was to use any of the plethora of online meetup tools. While this is amazing on paper, in practice this didn't work at all.
Some people have a bad connection (one employee works quite far and his connection quite often dropped). Some people (like me) have a lot of environmental noise: I have a neighbour that's constantly shouting. While headphones easily remove that sound the microphone every so often picks up his voice and actually thinks mine is the "noise" and removes it. And the biggest problem is the people with small children. Not only do they interrupt fairly often (admittedly cute, but adds up in time), but it means those people can no longer be sure they are "available at time x". They can only work when the children are asleep so their schedule is quite random.
This has all meant that daily stand-up meetings are near impossible, and even a meeting every few days is more of a chore and annoyance than actually serving its purpose. It's also almost impossible to fight this, as each time we solve a "problem", the next problem rises which reduces the meeting quality again.
Which made me think:
Is there a project management paradigm that accepts the fate of the world? And fully embraces the idea that "meetings are particularly valuable and can only happen every so often", thus focuses on meetings only every other week, and enables other tools to work together? While stressing the ability for each team member to work for longer periods on their own.
We're now falling back on "ad hoc" planning and just doing whatever we can without a clear structure. It would be nice if there was some structure we can put around the chaos that starts to form.
EDIT: a year later and while we tried all patchwork it still seems no end in sight for corona, and it's hurting our company a lot that companies abroad can just go to the client while we cannot... We really need an efficient way to communicate now that people have literary moved across the globe to work due to "no way to know I can visit family otherwise anytime".
Our tests using just documentation have let to a surplus of bugs that no one feels like fixing, and code quality (especially that - our time to a first working product has stayed near the same) has dropped dramatically.
Other people must have had similar problems after 2 years of no time to work together in person?