You can use this method everywhere for different occasions. It is a suitable tool for intensive self-reflection, reflection of workshops or for finding motivations for a project. It can also be used to reflect private plans (e.g. moving) or to reflect interpersonal relations.
The aim is to get deeper into the topic and discover motivations/opinions because the same questions are asked again for several rounds. It can be agreed on different questions but they should be follow-up questions helping to get deeper into the topic.
It is most important that the answering person has time to think and answer. The person asking the question may not interrupt those that are answering.
Didactical Description of the Method
- The interview partners find themselves a quiet place, take a walk etc.
- Interview partner 1 (IP 1) asks Interview partner 2 (IP 2) the first question, IP 2 has 3-5 min time to answer the question. He/She can talk the full amount of time or use it for thinking about his/her answer. It is important that a) IP 1 does not interrupt or ask further questions and b) IP2 ends his/her answer in a clear and noticeable way. IP 1 continues to ask the following questions.
- After all questions are asked roles are reversed: IP 2 asks IP 1 the questions now and allows him/her the time to answer them.
- After both partners have answered the questions a new round with the same questions starts. First IP 1 asks and IP 2 answers and then vice versa again. The number of rounds is dependent on the available amount of time. It is recommended to have at least 3-4 rounds.