the new normal

2 Nov 2021 | Agile Culture

We are returning to the face-to-face world, or rather, a mixed world, with face-to-face and remote.

At least that was my experience on October 28, 2021 when speaking at a face-to-face and remote event (with live broadcast for those who signed up to participate remotely).

The event was in Spain. Respecting the current COVID protocol, everyone had to wear a mask, measure temperature and rub alcohol gel on their hands at the entrance.

The talks took place on a movie stage.

I sat in the front row for the opening of the event.

The sound person called me to put the microphone on: asked me to remove the mask, put the microphone (the one on the face), and reminded me to put the mask back on.

The event’s host (Javier Garzás) opened the event and immediately called me: “now our first speaker, Paulo Caroli, who will talk about modern agility and the Minimum Viable Product…” .

I got up, thanked him and started talking. Here are some photos.

The lecture ended, and the questions and answers began.

At this point, the production team reduced the lights pointing at me a little and I could see the audience. All in masks.

That’s when I remembered the words of the event’s host: “only the speaker, while doing the talk can be unmasked”.

It’s amazing how something so uncomfortable becomes a habit.

I did the entire talk wearing a mask!

Unbelievable, but I got used to the mask. I watch converts and shows wearing a mask. I go to the gym wearing a mask. I spent almost two years where, if I was in person with someone (besides my family), I wore a mask.

Unbelievable! What a time!

I leave this post and these photos as a record of those long months wearing a mask.

Let’s create a new normal together, much better than the past or the one we have today.

And you, what do you think about all this? Are you ready to go back to face-to-face? Comments on LinkedIn.

Paulo Caroli

Paulo Caroli is the author of the best-selling book “Lean Inception: How to Align People and Build the Right Product” (the first on a series of books about Lean Strategy and Delivery). He's also the creator of , a site and book about retrospectives, futurospectives and team building activities. Caroli writes on this blog frequently. Receive the next post in your email. Sign up here .

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