The decision to end or to progress a project or to send the team back to the drawing board is crucial. That is why stage gates must be smart.
With MeetingSphere we apply objective criteria from a range of perspectives and really engage with the team. Working online means that we no longer depend on travel schedules. This flexibility translates into better, more timely decisions.
The immediacy of this approach generates creativity and clarity. While we solicit so many ideas from such a wide group of people, in the end we’re seeing stakeholders truly motivated around a core set of actions.
Jane Davidson, Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing, Welsh Assembly Government
It’s a bit like juggling. Projects compete for resource. Things happen. Meanwhile, the business moves on, sometimes moving the goal posts with it.
MeetingSphere lets me engage the many parties involved. Across geographies and across the boundaries of project teams and divisions. A shared understanding and purpose counter the temptation to hog resource. Life gets a bit easier.
It is my job to ask “Why?” as often as necessary. MeetingSphere lets people open up and share rather than just think critical thoughts. Others then add their perspective and insights.
Being familiar with traditional workshops, it strikes me how people take ownership and stay focused on the problem at hand rather than obfuscate the issues or descend into a blame game.
Vision, mission & goals
I work with organizations on their core values and how they envision their future.
MeetingSphere helps me to engage with a much wider group of people and what they really believe in. I use the rating tool to establish what are really shared beliefs and ambitions. Where there is doubt, I drill down into the issues and assumptions with the discussion tool.
Perhaps the biggest online benefit is the ability to 'seed' the workshop with an advance, asynchronous collaboration. This encourages everyone to reflect on the key issues that need collective scrutiny.
Bob Semple, Facilitator and Consultant, former partner at PwC, Dublin, Ireland
Value analysis is more than just cost cutting. It asks about different dimensions of value. About alternatives.
With MeetingSphere I can engage different departments. For their perspectives. Their knowledge. And their creativity. Working online, I can dig deep without becoming disruptive to daily business. Being the value guy, I shouldn’t. Full marks for value to MeetingSphere.
Call it ‘consultation’ or ‘notice and comment’ as we do. The main bit is that information must flow both ways, transparently and meaningfully.
MeetingSpere is the tool for everything that comes after ‘notification’. Agencies and policy makers can truly engage the public, beyond those who can make it to the town hall. Interest groups can participate and contribute. MeetingSphere scales perfectly and supports nuanced argument.
Identifying the vulnerabilities in how an organization is set up and operates, isn’t easy. After all it is about what you are and what you do. And all too easy to push into the long grass.
MeetingSphere allows people to stand back and take fresh look. Working online gives me the views of the business, not just headquarters. Rating prioritizes the vulnerabilities. What comes first? Is it about resilience? Recovery? Contingency?
When somebody vulnerable got hurt, everybody agrees that it must not happen again. And that it's not their fault.
Anonymity gets me beyond the ‘It wasn’t us’. An honest conversation gets going across boundaries. Everybody gets heard, facts and perspectives are shared. Common purpose prevails and learning is actionable. Faster and at half the cost of traditional reviews.
Many know. And are feeling uneasy. But why should it be them who speak out?
This changes with MeetingSphere. With anonymity, doubts are expressed, hot issues raised. One person puts out a hint. Others put 2 and 2 together. With Rating, the group confirms whether it’s true and whether it’s the norm or an unfortunate exception. This gets us directly to how we can stop the rot.
I wouldn't want to imagine not having these tools. My clients expect results and they expect to work online.
Pierre Wettergren, Business Continuity Expert, Gotenburg, Sweden