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Cheer Your Peer

CheerYourPeer is a software that analyses the reciprocal support of individuals within a team by measuring their degree of collaboration.

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CheerYourPeer is a software that analyses the reciprocal support of individuals within a team by measuring their degree of collaboration. Based on a correlation of messages, attended meetings and shared docs (…), the software is able to analyse the impact of the collaboration of two or more individuals on another’s goal achievements. The concept relies on the idea that the lack of expressing gratitude in a workspace can result from the lack of identifying the own impact and support on other people’s goals but also the impact and support of team members on one's personal goal. The interface is like a project management dashboard providing an overview of one's overall support score within your company/department/team or of project-specific scores. Also, one could see his/her "biggest supporter" and impacter (correlation of peers that cheered you the most and had the biggest impact on your work). The software is automated, interconnected with shared workplace interfaces (..) and project management tools and hence, no data needs to be entered manually in oder to update and run the dashboard. However, people can thank each other for their support by ‘cheering’ each other manually. You can cheer members of your team or your overall "biggest supporter". Cheering is comparable to a ‘Like’ (Facebook) or a ‘Clap’ (Medium) but is only visible to the person that has been cheered. The idea is not to have any rankings or competition on who has a greater impact on other people’s work or achievement but rather to provide an overview of how your team strengthens your own abilities and achievements.

The software provides an overview of:

  • one’s support (score) on other peers’ achievement of the overall goal (project)
  • one’s support (score) on the team’s achievement of the overall goal (project)
  • one’s average support (score) on achievement of overall goals (all projects completed)
  • one’s biggest supporters (correlation of ‘cheers’ by them and their support score on one’s goals)

Idea Title

CheerYourPeer-Cheer your peers for their support on your work & see how well you make others achieve

How the Idea will inspire the experience and expression of gratitude within an organization.

Usually, dashboards are used to provide a matrix for qualitative or quantitative project analysis or management. But in fact, dashboard can also visualise and value the relationship and support of the members in an organisation. Lots of valuable data can an be taken out from calendars, notes, shared files and project management tools in order to analyse the degree of collaboration and individual support in an organisation, play this back to the employee and value not only the task but how the task has been collaboratively achieved.

Who are you innovating for?

We innovative for project-based teams that work in a fast-paced work environment. Mostly, these teams change from project to project and interpersonal relationships and gratitude are limited due to time pressure, deadlines and long over-hours. These teams can be consultants, creative agencies or development teams. But these characteristics also apply to students at University (group works and assignments).

What type of workplaces are you innovating for?

The teams vary in size and task, depending on the projects but what remains the same pattern: teams can be geographically dispersed from the HQ, from other teams or even from their centre of living. Their backgrounds, competences and skills vary (multidisciplinary and multicultural) and mostly, teams are set up by a higher power.

How you envision the Idea being introduced to your selected organization?

Currently, I am undertaking a M.Sc. in Digital Innovation (work for a startup and an innovation agency part-time) so I would dedicate this project to my university. The work environment for academics might not be comparable to a consulting or agency at all, but when thinking of the students, the amount of team work they are doing, the shared documents and files, the time and performance-pressure and geographical dispersion from class/campus/course/... . Students, as well as professionals, value the support of their peers far less than they should. CYP could be introduced to analyse collaboration (shared docs, group assignments, presentations...) and support within courses and programs.

What obstacles, if any, do you foresee in implementing this Idea, and how would they be overcome?

Many universities already have their own cloud-based/online work places to share documents, assign tasks and follow-up deadlines and assignments. The difficulty (of course for those who do not own these online-solutions yet even higher) would be to implement and link CYP to their online tools and match the analysis to the collaboration within a program or course. Identifying which tasks and actions contribute to support of the overall or individual goal might be different from course to course.

How will you test and prototype your solution?

Manual testing: The course must include mandatory group work and must have a clear outline of goals (grade, completion of tasks (+ in time), other quant./qual. requirements). Throughout and at the end of a group assignment, students provide information on collaboration (how often met, who met, time, docs shared+change history of docs etc) The data could be played back to the students who see their support score on the achievement of their peers. (Voluntary Cheering) ->Assessing gratefulness

What immediate next steps will you take if you receive an implementation grant.

The key next step to develop this solution would be a setup such a prototype / proof of concept in order to measure if this support score actually increases the gratitude towards members of the program or what other (pos/neg) effects such a feedback tool would have.

At what stage of development is your Idea?

  • Research & Early Testing: You are exploring an idea, gathering inspiration and information needed to test it with real users.

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

The idea developed as I thought about why people in fast-paced work environments do not thank each other. I tried to think about my own experience (e.g. consulting internship but also university) and ended up with the conviction that very often, we can barely identify the impact in other people's work, how somebody actually helped us achieve our goal without "actively" offering help. I interviewed 6 members of my postgraduate course and we discussed this in a group. We came to the same finding.

Tell us about yourself

My name is Vanessa Fieres, I am 24y old and am currently undertaking my M.Sc. in Digital Innovation at UCD Business School in Dublin, Ireland. I have a background in entrepreneurship and like to think of me that I possess a creative, positive and innovative mind. Basically, I was working alone on this IDEO Challenge but I have had students of my class and friends that gave me valuable input.

Where are you / your team located?

Dublin, Ireland


Tell us about your experience

I founded my own business in Germany: an instant-feedback tool for entrepreneur and freelancer communities. This project did not take off as planned because we relied on the wrong external partnerships. It's on hold as I received a scholarship for a Masters Degree. I now support a friend's startup part-time and work as Teaching Assistant in Entrepreneurship for Engineers. I am a creative person, have always been interested in new product development and design and love ideas.


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Photo of Sahithi Tupuri

Hi Vanessa,
I really like this idea. I have definitely never see anything like it before and I think it would help employees recognize how collaborative their work is. A lot of universities and companies have a lot of proprietary software, that may or may not be compatible with CYP. While this is a challenge, I think it can be overcome if there is a strong buy in from the University executives or company executives, because the use of the software will trickle-down from top to bottom. Overall, great idea and I look forward to seeing if this works on a smaller scale (prototyping).


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Sahithi Tupuri Thank you for your feedback! I also believe that high instalment costs might be a barrier, though once the correlation of perceived collaboration/support and gratitude and effectiveness/happiness on the workplace is proven, the advantages might outweigh the costs.. Interesting to proof and test!! Are you also taking part in the ideo challenge? Best, Vanessa

Photo of Sahithi Tupuri

That is very true! I am also taking part in the challenge. I've submitted a research and idea component so far for the Gratitude challenge.