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Hack Challenge

‘Design thinking’ as an innovation methodology was just recently introduced to the SBU of the company, when the newly assembled team was confronted with a very prevalent situation: the whole office structure they were located in, did not allow for any innovation work. Even though the manager made very clear to facility management that a special spatial environment is needed for their kind of work they did not allow for changing the commonly used rooms. There was not only no support, it actually was forbidden to alter any spatial structures in shared rooms.

Hack Description

Luckily, there was a cultural tradition at this company: managers are given the biggest available rooms. And these can be altered according to a manager’s need. So, as he was working in many different places anyway – the manager cleared out his room, bought furniture from his own budget and moved his desk into a tiny corner. He then opened the space to his and other teams to do their innovation work.

Hack Outcome / Effects

The team finally had a shared space to practice their ‘design thinking’ related work and meet. The managers reputation grew far beyond his department with people. The old furniture was standing in the hallway for months, as facility management wasn’t prepared for such a ‘situation’.

Ideas for Improvement

Flexible spaces are a core requirement for any innovation work and collaboration in daily business. Any organization should provide them without a need for a hack.




★★★☆☆ (Moderately Radical)

Innovation Barriers Adressed



Dirk Weimann & Annie Kerguenne @ HPI Professional Track, Connect & Do Day

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