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9 Keys to Remote Collaboration

A recent Asksweden webinar shared why remote work matters now and looking into the future, as well as how companies can bring their teams together for creative, collaborative work sessions.

By Johan Jyrwall and George A. Berglund

Design of research →

We are living in a historic moment. Elements of remote work that may have been only a small part of our business have become our everyday working reality. Even once we return to working in-person, the patterns we are setting today will transform the way we work moving forward. Now more than ever, we’ll need creativity and collaboration to succeed.

In this time of Coronavirus, we’ve shifted frog’s working tools to enable ongoing design at scale. We now have more than 60 programs running this way globally. We recently decided to host a webinar to share some of our experiences in working together even at a time of physical isolation.

During the webinar, we talked about collaboration and problem-solving in a remote context. We discussed the difference between an operational and creation mindset–and how both are necessary for a successful business. We also shared three collaboration methods often used in-person, which you can use remotely to good effect with commonly available online tools:

  • ‘Person in the Pit’ model to help you frame your session
  • ‘Mental Excursion’ to help you keep a remote team engaged
  • ‘Intrigue Selection’ to down-select with a growth mindset

In addition, we talked about how critical it is to establish a climate for your team that supports their creative performance. This is one in which everyone understands and supports the task they’re all after, everyone has each other’s back, and all believe they can find a solution. We then demonstrated how a team at frog recently used these tools and principles to solve a specific, pressing challenge many know all too well: working from home while helping children also “work” from home.


Research in practise..

George, a Research Director from our Uppsala studio, kicked off the week on Tuesday with Research in Practice, which walked people through the ins and outs of creating a design system in an organization. Along with some practical tips and tricks, George also dove into what it takes to get organizational buy-in. George answered questions and brought in some real-world examples to talk about approaches frog has taken to build out the design system and roadmap.


“No matter who you are, a design system promises huge benefits.”

George A. Berglund, Director of Quantitative Research,
Asksweden Uppsala

What’s Next?
If you and your team are ready to come together with frog experts to solve real, pressing problems within your organization, we’re ready to help. Find out more about Asksweden’s- design of research.

We also invite you to learn more about Asksweden’s Our other services practice, a service that helps unleash the human potential in organizations.



Johan Jyrwall

Key account, Partner extraordinarie, Asksweden Stockholm

Johan Jyrwall focuses on developing Askswedens design research, participatory design and creative collaboration skills. He partners

closely with companies seeking to develop new skillsets and capabilities for user centered design and innovation.
George A. Berglund

Director of Quantitative Research, Asksweden Uppsala

He has led innovation and R&D teams for over 20 years, specializing In creative problem solving, as well as the development and launch of new products and services. His expertise involves setting

up innovation models for businesses and organizations, fostering company culture, insight-led product and service design, and running inventive problem-solving projects.

Asksweden help clients and brands attract and retain customers and employee’s trough researching what makes their experience interesting, meaningful and memorable, and then act on it.

We are based in Stockholm and we work where our clients need us, in Sweden or in the Nordics.

We help our clients be customer centric in all that they do through three experience dimensions: the brand, the customer and the employees.