Headline: meet polypoly: Christian Buggedei
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2021-08-09

F
or today's interview, we arranged to meet online with Christian Buggedei, who is responsible for our product, the polyPod.

Christian, what exactly do you do at polypoly?

I am responsible for the polyPod. My job is to create concepts that define what the polyPod should look like. To do this, I break down our vision of the polyPod into many individual components and then talk to my colleagues from the various teams at polypoly about how to turn it into reality. I work particularly intensively with the development and design teams.

So you stir all the pots and are everywhere and nowhere at the same time?

Exactly! But of course I regularly coordinate with our management, after all we want to make sure that the recipe doesn't change in between – to stay with the example of the pots.

What does a typical working day look like for you?

A lot of talking. About what we're doing, what our goals are, what problems need to be solved, in what order, etc. Then, of course, writing concepts about what our polyPod has to be able to do and what goals we want to achieve.

That sounds very complex. Do you have a specific procedure for this so that everything is thought of?

Yes, we work with so-called user stories. This is a rather rigid format in which our goals are precisely defined and the actors are determined.

Like a functional description?

Not quite. User stories explain much more than a functional description, because they also contain information about the context, as well as the meaning and purpose of the product.

We recently interviewed Felix Dahlke, who also deals intensively with goals and strategy in his job. You both have many interfaces, don't you?

Absolutely. I determine what we want to achieve and Felix finds the best way to get there. That can be super compared to a ship: Thorsten (editor's note: Thorsten Dittmar, idea generator, co-founder and executive director of polypoly) is the captain who sets the main goal and keeps an eye on everything. I am the navigator who says where we have to go and Felix is the helmsman who takes us to our destination.

That's a nice analogy. What actually made you decide to become part of the polypoly crew and sail with us?

At the time, I had a hobby project: the development of a decentralised network on an open source basis and was thinking about distributing it commercially. I quickly found fellow campaigners for the development, but no investors. In the course of looking for investors, I made a lot of contacts and was then asked by someone to look at the suitability of polypoly for his project. For his project, polypoly was not the right solution, but I immediately caught fire and contacted Thorsten Dittmar. One day later we met and the chemistry was right from the start. The polypoly project is simply extremely exciting and our mission politically and sociologically so important for Europe.

It's obvious that you are passionate about polypoly. What do you enjoy most about your job, besides the fact that you get to work on a vision that you consider extremely important?

I realised early on in my life that I love getting involved in new topics and interacting with people. That's exactly what I have at polypoly - a great team and topics from the most diverse areas. Currently, for example, I'm working on the health sector for our work on the HEALTH-X dataLOFT project, in which we are a consortium partner and the project is one of the winners of the GAIA-X funding competition of the German government. You see, there is never a dull moment in my job.

Where do you see the biggest challenges for you personally and for polypoly?

Personally: not losing the overview and keeping all the balls I juggle every day in the air.
For polypoly: managing the complexity of the polyPod. The individual components are not the issue here, but rather ensuring that the cooperation and interlocking of the same functions optimally. But we at polypoly love challenges and burn for our vision!

Read the interview with Felix Dahlke, who is responsible for the technology at polypoly and works in close coordination with Christian: Link to Blog Post
Here you can find more information about the HEALTH-X dataLOFT project: Link to Blog Post