Strategies for Working Remotely Panel Series – How does remote work impact creativity and innovation?

March 25, 2021 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Elaine Raybourn

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and transition to remote work, ECP and the IDEAS Productivity project launched the panel series Strategies for Working Remotely, which explores important topics in this area.


  • Many of us have been working remotely well over 13 months now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve hosted 7 panel discussions since April 2020 that allowed us to share resiliency strategies for working remotely as most of us transitioned from co-located to fully virtual work. That said, 13 months and 7 panel discussions later, how much do we know about how working remotely and a phased return to “the office” will impact our creativity? Do we do our best work when isolated? What is it about serendipitous face-to-face interactions that we find difficult to replicate online? In our eighth installment of the panel discussion series, we explore the topics of creativity and innovation with software development teams who are applying agile techniques, thinking differently about co-located collaboration, and questioning the unintended effects of working remotely. Panelists mae brief introductory comments followed by open discussion. Questions were collected from the audience in advance to [email protected].


  • Addi Thakur Malviya, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Pat Quillen, Mathworks
  • Elaine Raybourn, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Damian Rouson, Sourcery Institute
  • Francesca Samsel, TACC (Texas Advanced Computing Center), University of Texas at Austin


  • Ashley Barker, Oak Ridge National Laboratory