We like your attitude, but please give us some more time - TeamTwist as a virtual tool will be launched in Q3 2020. Until then please contact us to run a facilitated meeting or brainstorm session.
Why are you developing this tool, and what need does it fill?
Meetings in general are unproductive (organizations lose ca 500 billion euro per year). Virtual meetings and brainstorms with remote teams are even more difficult to run efficiently. There are lots of tools available, but they are not methodology based and therefor do not support the meeting host to engage people and achieve quality outcome. TeamTwist helps to make meetings more effective and engaging.
Why is a virtual tool like this important today?
Managers are responsible for
making sense of complex questions, but those complex challenges can be
difficult to navigate, and a true leader always wants to capture the insights
and opinions from team members. One of the most
important requirements for a good crowd judgement is that people’s decisions
are independent of one another. A virtual tool helps to create this independency
– an environment in which the diverse opinions can be gathered without the
influence of other team members.
Another good reason is that technology can make brainstorming more effective, by replacing physical and oral sessions with virtual and written ones.
As shown in analysis almost 70% of participants can be expected to perform better
in virtual than
How can TeamTwist be used?
We have used the methodology in many types of projects, from C-level meetings dealing with corporate strategy issues to new product kick-off meetings. TeamTwist is best suited for challenges that involves people in some sort of interaction. such as sales, marketing, and product development.
What does a typical
meeting with TeamTwist look like?
Well it depends on the challenge you have in hand. Just to give you an idea I shortly describe the longest scenario.
As you know - before deciding, you need to define the root cause of the problem, capture, and analyze ideas. In this case the meeting in TeamTwist typically starts with using the analytic template to pinpoint the areas of interest and to focus on a specific challenge.
Once the group has reached consensus on the challenge upon which it will focus, they will capture all the current ideas and opinions. Next step is wild idea session - using our guidelines as triggers for lateral thinking participants write down their initial out of the box ideas.
Some steps for refinement of your core idea will be followed and, finally, all the relevant ideas and opinions are shown for everyone for judgement based on two criterias (f ex impact and effort).
The results will be shown visually, and the biggest disagreements or variances will be highlighted. In this point the host will decide whether there is a need for additional discussions or will the team move to the final step – agreeing on tasks and deadlines.
How did you come up with the methodology?
The guidelines and tools we are using (f ex Ishikawa diagram, lateral thinking, random input, Brainwriting etc) are not new – most of them are well known. Unique is the way how we have combined those well-known tools to provide an uninterrupted workflow (no hassle to choose tools, no need to copy-paste between templates). Our expertise is a combination of our own interpretation of the research of creative thinking experts, and over 19 years of experience in the field, facilitating meetings and brainstorming sessions.
How do you stand out?
There are plenty of virtual whiteboards out there. They usually have lot of different methodological tools, but the workflow is interrupted – in case you need to use several tools in a row, there is lots of inconvenient copy-paste included. For most of busy meeting hosts it is also a bit confusing to choose the right tool if there are too many options. You can also easily find lots of shared workspaces and mind mapping tools. They often call themselves brainstorming tools despite having non or little methodological support for finding novel ideas. TeamTwist provides predesigned workflow (no hassle to choose tools, no need to copy-paste) which is methodology based and supports both host and attendees.
What is your background?
Our co-founder Indrek have worked as a meeting facilitator and business consultant (business creativity and business model innovation) since 2001. He has run workshops in international companies (ABB, Kuehne+Nagel. Fortum, Nordea, Swedbank, RIMI etc.), Estonian public sector organizations (Bank of Estonia, Enterprise Estonia, several ministries etc.) as well as Estonian universities and schools. People from more than 30 countries have participated his workshops. He is also member of international meeting designers’ network “Meeting Design Practicum”. There are members from Spain, Taiwan, Estonia, USA, Denmark, Ecuador, the Netherlands, India, Italy, and Austria in this network.