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Jakub Lesiński

Jakub Lesiński is a graduate of the Faculty of History, University of Warsaw (1995), experienced manager and certified program/project manager. Works with agile and predictive project managers enabling them to increase harmony in teams and effectively maximize value in complex work environments. Where it is necessary to adapt methods and solutions from different management approaches and adjust them to the nature and culture of the organization.

Experienced trainer, speaker and author of publications on project management, university lecturer. CEO of Thoriana sp z o.o. consulting company. He manages a team of consultants executing consulting projects in the scope of project management (PMO services, interim project management, building and implementing methodologies in the scope of project, program and portfolio management, preparing and launching projects and programs, portfolio optimization) as well as defining and operationalising strategies.

Certified Program/Project Manager (over 20 years of experience). Managed more than twenty projects and was a team member in dozens of others. As a trainer, he has been delivering training for 15 years. Actively participates as a speaker and discussion panel leader in conferences on project management. Academic lecturer in strategic and project management.

Focused on various aspects of leadership and effective management, primarily in the area of implementation of complex projects and programs. Has managed teams ranging from three to over four hundred people. Specializes in managing change and transformation of organizations (especially in the IT area) and enabling business growth through implementation of new products and services (CRM/Billing). He focuses on consulting and implementation of IT systems and performance improvement systems in large companies.

PMI member since 2003. PMI mentor in the mentoring program. Assessor of candidate projects for IPMA Polish Project Excellence Award in 2010 and 2011 and Global Award in 2018, Jury member of PPEA in 2013 and judge in Global Award 2019. Judge in Global eColaboration Competition 2019 and 2020.

About presentation:

Remote and not. The impact of remote project work on teams' interactions

The purpose of the session is to identify the challenges regarding the remote work impact on teamwork in IT and consulting projects realised globally. Psychological impact of the loneliness and remote work on the teams’ cohesion. Presentation of the identified organisational and managerial solutions of increasing teamwork through the case studies from the real projects. No tech discussion (applications/software) involved – just management and team building.

 The pandemic has increased the digitalisation and transferred teams into remote environment. For some global projects the remote work was present for years now, for others that was a new experience that changed the way of communication and collaboration in project teams. The fast learning and dealing with mistakes and challenges coming with the total change of the way of work touched most of the organisation. The impact of the new way of working was both beneficial and disastrous. From the individual work autonomy and perception of freedom perspective there are many benefits – a lot of people does not want to come back to the office. On the other hand teams’ cohesion is being damaged, the communication is difficult and interactions could be tough. All of this could and should be managed, for some types of projects though the hybrid or onsite work will be necessary.