Week 55

New client, new office, new roommate, new talk – and some thoughts on our company culture.

We’ve been pretty much heads down, working on a number of short-term projects as well as a big one that’s going to keep us busy for more than just a few weeks.

New client!

We had only been hinting at it for a while. But last week, we were finally able to announce officially that we have taken on the Postbank AG as a new client, with a project that’s quite big for our little three man shop. Thanks again for all the nice words and congratulatory tweets – What a nice way to celebrate our first anniversary!

New office!

What’s more, we’re really settling into our new office space. You saw the basics on some photos in last week’s weeknote, but this is just the beginning. The whole Makers Loft still needs some renovations, but it’s going to be huge. Expect an opening party of some sort or another later this year.

New roommate!

Speaking of the new office, we are also very happy to welcome a new roommate, so to speak. Our friend Matt Patterson just moved over from London and is going to be working from our HQ.

New talk!

Igor spoke at WINnovation, an event organized by our friends over at Brainjuicer in Hamburg. We’ll post the video once we have it. Until then, enjoy Igor’s write-up.

Pick it up-culture

We always enjoy studying and discussing organization cultures. Every company is completely different based on the cultures they nurture (or don’t), encourage (or discourage), let emerge (or try to squelch). As anectodal as it is, read Steve Yegge’s post about how the corporate cultures of Amazon and Google differ – it’s fascinating!

So, we talk about this a fair bit, and like to try out new things. One of the things that has emerged over time is a certain kind of “pick it up” culture: When one of us notices something that needs to be done, we try to never just say “we should do this!” Instead, you either do it yourself, or if you can’t, you ask one of the others. No task shall go unassigned!

This is something I can highly recommend; it needs nurturing, especially when there’s pressure and deadlines and whatnot. But once you get to this point, stuff just gets done so quickly, it’s like a breeze. And it helps prevent all kinds of overhead and organizational clutter.

In an earlier conversation, Christoph Fahle – one of the founders of the fantastic Betahaus – mentioned one particular culture the Betahaus team follows: When you notice someone’s not getting all their stuff done, you may remind then to do it (if you must), but then that person loses their right to finish that task, and you are allowed to pick it up. How awesome is that? Tasks not as duties, but as privileges. It’s the next level of what we’ve been practicing here at Third Wave, and something to work up to. Anyway, I love the idea.

What’s next?

We’ll be splitting the week between Berlin and Bonn – before a series of trips kicks off basically all through November. Also, as this post goes live we’re trying out a topic sprint, a half-day of concentrated work on one topic. Expect more on this soon, once we know how well it works.

Author: Peter

Peter is a digital strategist who enjoys connecting people, insights and ideas. Before founding Third Wave he worked as a freelancer with clients like ARTE, Wolters Kluwer, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Google, SPD, Tumblr and several public broadcasters. He organized events like TEDxKreuzberg, atoms&bits and Likemind. Peter holds masters degrees in Communications and Media from Freie Universität Berlin (MA) and The University of Sydney (MMP). Peter has lived in Berlin, Sydney and Washington, DC.