Thursday 20th October, 2016
9:00am to 1:00pm
Hands-on Workshop on Auftragsklärung. Sometimes, a German word captures the essence of what you want to express better than any English word. Auftragsklärung is one of those. The best translation we came up with at XING is ACE: Assignment Clarification Exercise.
In autumn 2014, XING started to experiment with a new alignment format for larger new product initiatives. Thanks to Christian Becker, we got to know the work from Stephen Bungay, in particular, his strategic brief. It is explained in his book ’The Art of Action’. We have since then incorporated elements from his strategic brief into our Auftragsklärung and iterated on the format.
The main idea of the Auftragsklärung is to get everybody on the same page. Literally. Before we start any larger new product initiative, the responsible product person makes sure we have a written document of 1-3 pages that describes the initiative along seven sections:
The Auftragsklärung is a tool that should be actively used to get everybody on the same page. The power lies in its ability to facilitate this process of creating a shared understanding and agreement. You know that the Auftragsklärung fulfilled its purpose once the stakeholders approve it and the team commits to it.
Product Manager at XING, the largest professional network in German speaking countries.
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