Jacob: It’s an interesting aspect for larger companies, the fact that we leave the path afterwards. It means: There is no policy. As a sparring partner, I go in, exchange opinions, give my feedback – but I do not bear any responsibility for the project or the product.
Kersten: And no hierarchy.
Jacob: Exactly. I do no thave to worry that my input will be judged by my organisation anywhere else. Even if I have another sparring about the same project at a later time, I will not say: I had such a great idea four weeks ago, why has it not been realised?
Kersten: Thomas, with some of our projects you actually already have some history. How does that feel for you in comparison to the „one-hit wonders“?
Thomas: I think the mixture is very exciting. A project that we talked about back in the first sparrings has become one that is going through the roof now. It is interesting to see what has become of the assumptions we made back then.
Kersten: What you said sounded very complimenting for us up until now. What are we not doing so well?
Jacob: I have already addressed the late briefings. I also believe that our sparrings where we simply talk about a problem are not yet efficient enough. The comparison of brainstorming and brainwriting alone shows how different the output can be over the course of an hour. A more methodic approach would be beneficial to the sparrings.
Thomas: Some topics deserve to be dealt with for longer than an hour. But there are also problems where I feel completely empty after an hour. Much longer would not be possible in that intensity.
Kersten: I am asking myself whether we should do a much larger number of sparrings. An hour per week is not really that much.
Jacob: I am a friend of instutionalising things. And you are already pretty good at that. Way too many organisations only conduct retrospectives and certain feedback formats only spontaneously or even out of necessity. When I’m not institutionalising things, I do not get the necessary culture. But of course there will not be the one sparring that can fit everyone’s needs. Maybe we need one walking through the park. The big thinkers solved a lot of problems taking walks, too.