The Story

Have your employees spend 15 minutes a week writing a report that takes their manager no more than 5 minutes to read.

15

Minutes to write

5

Minutes to read

The History of 15Five

The idea behind 15Five originated in the 1980s with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard. Yvon had built his company around his passion for climbing and surfing, and spent ample time each year away from Patagonia pursuing his passions. He realized that if he asked all of his employees to spend 15 minutes writing a report that took their manager no more than 5 minutes to read, his employees would feel heard and he would have better insight into the workings of his company.

Yvon used the practice to keep his employees engaged and to stay informed even when he was out of the office climbing and surfing for up to 6 months each year, as covered in a Inc Magazine article.

Later, Brad Oberwager, CEO of Sundia learned about the practice and tried putting it to use in his 100+ employee multinational business so that he could get better information from his employees and avoid the case of bad news traveling slowly. However he found attempting to gather reports by email was overwhelming and ineffective. Oberwager had the insight to turn the practice into software, allowing key information to be rolled up.

Brad shared his idea with 15Five CEO David Hassell who thought it could be valuable to any high-performing organization. He decided to take it to next level, allowing reports to be turned into conversations and creating the vision that 15Five could become the communication backbone for thousands of companies encompassing their most important conversations.