Beyond Project Management

It's time
to think and do projects in an entirely new way.

It's time to think and do projects in an entirely new way.

Because we tend to forget ...

We are uncovering better ways of collaborating in interdisciplinary projects. We appreciate the value of:
  • Questions
  • Observations
  • Change of perspective
  • Self-reflection
  • before
  • before
  • before
  • before
  • answers
  • evaluations
  • point of view
  • criticism
People tend to “think fast”*. This can lead to undesirable effects. The items on the left side facilitate “slow thinking”. They improve the quality of the right side and should therefore be applied consciously and intensively.
Apply the items on the left side one time more than your intuition tells you to!

Over the Fence helps people who want to create.


Founded in 2013 by Karen Schmidt & Frank Habermann, “Over the Fence” is an open innovation community. Conceived and created with love and passion in Berlin and in the world.
We re-think projects and decision-making! For this, we connect deep expertise in leadership and management with stories, wisdom, and modes of thought from other disciplines like sports, psychology, design, theatre and the arts. By this, we aim to provide the most valuable knowledge for anyone, who faces complex challenges and wants to create something meaningful.

The effectiveness of our tools and techniques is severely limited if you think only of yourself and your own career.

Step into a new project world
- brighter, more human, more successful

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Over the Fence
29. April 2019

The Project Canvas is a projection screen for thoughts

The “Project Canvas” goes back to the “Business Model Canvas” of Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur. From a methodological perspective, every “canvas” is based on two concepts that go back even further: “visual templates” and “management frameworks.” ...
27. June 2021

Decision Hats – playing cards to clarify roles in the decision-making process

"Decision Hats" is a new concept for the design of decision-making processes. It helps to think through the roles in a decision-making process without bias and to clarify them for everyone involved: precisely and transparent. Thanks to the "playing cards", the method can be used without any preparatory effort - in numerous application scenarios.
7. February 2021

Agile populism or a good cause? The example of the Stacey matrix

The "Stacey Matrix" is popular. It is widely used today as a method for determining complexity. The problem is: the matrix has nothing to do with Stacey. And it also is not well founded at all. This leads to a number of questions: How much simplicity is allowed in explaining management methods? How much omission and reinterpretation is possible? Or in short: when does an attempt to popularize a good cause become pure populism?
4. February 2021

7 Tools for Better Decision-Making

In our book "Hey, not so fast", published by GABAL-Verlag (currently only available in German), we present how decision-making processes can be designed in complex and uncertain times. We offer 7 tools for better decision-making that should be used in a "slow thinking" mode. The book contains guidelines and concrete practical examples.