The year 2019 could not have ended better: On December 11, around 80 experts and practitioners from companies such as Zalando, N26, SAP, Metro, Telekom, auxmoney, HolidayCheck, omio, Scout24, HelloFresh (and many more) came together at the Workpath Quarterly and Symposium in the “Neue Mälzerei” in Berlin to enrich this largest Quarterly to this date with their knowledge and experience.
The quarterly Workpath Quarterlies are conferences that offer coaches, program leads, and leaders in the Workpath ecosystem a space for mutual exchange and help them prepare for the next cycle of objective setting. For the first time, this quarterly offered participants an even more personalized experience with three dedicated tracks (Coaches, Program Leads, Leadership) and interactive sessions.
The day started with a warm welcome from Workpath CEO Johannes Müller, who looked back on special events of the last quarter, such as the launch of the Superkinetics Podcast (listen to the podcast or read a summary of the first two episodes) and a new community platform (get to know our community). There was also exciting news in the product section. Since this quarter, so-called “nested teams” can be created on the Workpath tool, which enable an efficient management of OKRs in large, complex organizations. In addition, coach and program lead roles can be specified in the tool. In addition, other features such as Jira integration, Team Pages and a new Explorer that provides insight into the quality, alignment and progress of OKRs at all levels of an organisation have been announced for 2020.
This was followed by an impressive keynote speech by Christoph Bornschein (CEO TLGG and member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank) on the topic: “It takes more than change: How to foster adaptive corporate culture”. He highlighted how visions and values, organisation and structure, leadership, processes and technology as well as individuals can have a direct impact on the future viability of companies. Christoph motivated the guests to discuss the challenges of transformation processes during the Quarterly.
Timo Salzsieder (CIO Metro AG), Boris Radke (former CIO ProSiebenSat.1 Media, currently Director Public Affairs and Communications at Omio), Dr. Janna Nguyen (VP Corporate Development auxmoney) and Frederik Kraus (CTO Scout24 Group) then gave the participants interesting insights into the transformations in their respective organisations as part of a lively panel discussion. The participants discussed questions such as “From your perspective, what are the prerequisites for a successful transformation, what challenges did your teams face in this process and how did they deal with them themselves?” or “What do you think will determine success and failure over the next ten years?” (You can see the complete key note and the panel here).
The participants had the opportunity to discuss these questions during a common lunch, and joined then the interactive workshop sessions that were offered in the afternoon.
Anne Baumann and Ana Pacios Escudero (Customer Success Workpath) offered a workshop on “Developing into a Program Lead Master”. They introduced the Program Lead Club, whose goal is to bring together program leads from different industries and organizations, to encourage an exchange of experiences and to enable them to best fulfill their role. The workshop simulated a club meeting on the topic of alignment (contact email@example.com if you are interested in the Program Lead Club).
A second workshop on “Workpath success metrics” was designed by Pascal Fritzen and Robert Kleinscheck (Product Team Workpath). The aim was to get to know the success metrics that best make an agile value-added process measurable. The participants first examined the three phases of the value creation process of agile organizations (Drafting & Alignment, Value Creation and Retrospective & Review) and then defined success factors that influence the agility of the process. In this context, participants discussed the monitoring and execution of strategy, collaboration across teams and the importance of alignment, customer centricity and focus. Finally, the participants looked at how to visualize the development of these success factors with the Workpath software and inspired each other to take the next steps to measure agility in their organizations.
OKR coaches also had an exciting workshop with Stephanie Fehringer and Steffen Fischer (Change Management SAP), in which they had the opportunity to exchange information with other practitioners about difficult conversations in the context of their role and to receive valuable support and tips on how to successfully master them in the future.
Guido Beier (HR Digital Innovation Telekom) initiated an interesting discussion in his workshop for program leads and OKR coaches (“How agility drives the employee experience”) about the positive and negative effects that agile work can have on employee satisfaction and the role that the “77 Human Needs System” plays in this (the full presentation is available in the community).
The last item on the agenda was the Open Space Sessions, which the participants were able to organize flexibly according to their current interests. Thus every topic and every difficulty found a place in the program and the Quarterly was actively co-designed by all practitioners and experts present.
After a final wrap-up and thank you to all speakers and participants, this Quarterly found a successful conclusion with drinks and stimulating conversations.
We are already looking forward to the next Quarterly with many exciting contributions on March 19th in Munich (You can find all information about our Quarterlies on our website). Do you have questions, praise, criticism or ideas about the Quarterly or would you like to be a speaker at the next Quarterly? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.