Forward 2022 Virtual Program

* Please note that this is a preliminary schedule, and some of the talks might be moved around closer to the time.

Make sure to buy the separate Virtual Workshop ticket to be able to join on this day.
All times shown are in CET (UTC +1)

09:00 – 13:00

Management 3.0 Essentials

Uncertainty and complexity in today’s environment only allow organizations that are adaptable to survive and thrive. To foster the environment for employee engagement and enable transformational change, organizations need practical adaptive management.

“The job of management is not to select the best ideas; it is to create a system that allows the best ideas to emerge.” >> Jurgen Appelo, Managing for Happiness

In this 4 hours workshop are included small chunks of theory and practice to set the Foundation and Essentials of Management 3.0 –

The Why, the What and the underlying principles and views of looking at systems
The How: some actionable and digestible practices to create such a system to foster transformational change within teams, companies and even within the self, increasing employee engagement. Some of the practices included in the workshop are Happiness door, Personal Maps, Delegation board with delegation poker.

Join me on this Power-packed action-oriented 4 hours journey with the Essential digestible chunks of Management 3.0.

Sarika Kharbanda

Global Lean Change Agent, Change Hacker and Lean Change Community Lead

Facilitative Leadership: Leading in the Moment and Managing for Sustainable Workplace Happiness

Leaders in modern organisations are perennially torn between delivering short-term objectives and realising long-term goals. The organisational manager’s KPIs, such as efficiency, productivity and timeliness, seem to be in constant conflict with the agile leadership goal of sustainable team performance and growth. As a result, many leaders are struggling to balance the needs of the business, various stakeholders and people development.

Faced with these challenges, how do leaders then make the right decisions in the workplace? (Or is the ‘right decision’ an illusion?) How do leaders develop agile workplaces that support people growth and business results? Is the solution ‘less framework, more peoplework’?

In this highly-interactive, Miro-powered virtual training workshop, we will explore how facilitative leaders leverage the agile leadership mindset and business agility principles to bring inclusive and psychologically safe workplaces to life. With your learning peers, you will be presented with challenging leadership scenarios, and see how your real-time decisions can impact workplace happiness.

You’ll discover, experience and learn:
The foundations of Facilitative Leadership that cultivate workplace happiness
How to lead in the moment while focusing on long-term team development
How to develop psychologically safe workplaces that are effective and people-centric
How to make effective decisions that contribute to sustainable long-term change and positive outcomes

Isman Tanuri

Facilitative Leadership & Business Agility | Official Miro Expert | Doctoral Researcher - Less Framework, More Peoplework

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 18:00

Afternoon Workshop A – more info coming soon

Afternoon Workshop B – more info coming soon

Virtual Conference Day 1.
All times shown are in CET (UTC +1)

10:00 – 10:15

Opening Address

Welcome to Forward Summit! Let’s learn, engage and have two days of fun!

10:15 – 11:15

Connecting Dots, Connecting People – Cultural Transformation through Emotional Connection

Imagine a third dimension of organization: neurology and psychology. To work on this dimension is very powerful. To make cultural change successful, you have to deconstruct teams and organizations and then redesign connections between the dots. Redesigning dots means redesigning the form following the function. Surprisingly this is not structure but emotional design. You have to become kind of a Chief Emotional Officer.

Svenja Hofert

Best Selling Author; XING Top Mind 2019, 2020, 2021

11:15 – 11:45

Morning Break & Networking

11:45 – 12:30

The State of Management 3.0 in Japan – Complexity and Change Management in the Land of the Rising Sun

We live in a more complex world than ever, and we must adapt to this complex environment every day. Therefore, it is crucial to understand what complexity means and how it affects us.

In this short workshop, you will learn the Management 3.0 Complexity model through a puzzle exercise and experience complexity by running the triangle exercise. With the triangle exercise, the participants can experience the dynamics of complex adaptive systems and the ripple effects it brings with them.
You can draw hints for your change management challenges from it.

Furthermore, I will share my experiences with the Management 3.0 journey in Japan. You will understand what the Agile and Management 3.0 landscape looks like in Japan nowadays and how organizations deal with today’s fast-paced world.

Stefan Nüsperling

Founder NüWorks GK - Japan

Destroying Happiness at Work

Managers often don’t know what to do with the concept of “happiness at work.” Sometimes the prevailing opinion is that the focus is on completing tasks and that happiness has no place in the workplace. Even if they are willing to increase happiness, it is unclear what can be done concretely and how it relates to the “actual” task of the company.

If you twist the question into the opposite, it becomes much easier: How do you destroy Happiness at work? Many employees can answer this question. And managers may ask themselves whether they have already done one or the other of these things. In conclusion, it’s about replacing these negative habits with ones that really create Happiness.

This session isn’t a talk but an interactive experiment. Participants will share their experiences about how to destroy happiness at work most effectively. After that, we will try to find antidotes together, practical advice about what everybody of us can do to prevent happiness from being destroyed.
The speakers have conducted this event in companies with teams and larger groups. Based on this experience and with insights from science, they want to convey the conviction that everyone in the company can contribute to happiness at work.

Stefan Mintert

Leadership and Culture Coach @ kutura.digital

Jens Thiemann

Leadership and Culture Coach @ kutura.digital

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch & Networking Break

13:30 – 14:00

Networking session

14:00 – 14:45

Playing to your Strengths in the Workplace to Achieve Happier and more Productive Teams

Blurb coming soon!

Ryan Behrman

Coach, Facilitator & Trainer @ SystemicAgility.com & StrongSuits.com

Management 3.0 and Action for Happiness Germany

Blurb coming soon!

Jürgen Mohr

Founder and Managing Director - Teal Thrives GmbH

14:45 – 15:15

Afternoon Break & Networking

15:15 – 16:00

Clean Out for Happiness – Addressing Inconsistences and Ambiguities in Organizations

Happiness is the state of so-called coherence in the brain, which is the state where everything fits together well. That is, where expectations match reality and thinking, feeling, and acting form unity. That is why people always try to find meaning behind things to reach the state where everything fits together and everything makes sense.

Change Projects like Agile Transformations typically add new inconsistencies and ambiguities to an organizational system. This might be one of the reasons those projects often struggle to deliver the desired success and sometimes even lead to higher frustration and demotivation of employees.
The problem here is that we usually introduce new and conflicting rules and patterns into an existing social system, typically without really questioning the existing rules, cultural patterns, and management practices to adapt or even clean them up. The result is, for example, that on the one hand, a new mindset of self-organization and empowerment is expected, and on the other hand, working time recording and tight budgets are still used as management practices.

The result, for example, is that, on the one hand, a new mentality of self-organization and empowerment is expected and proclaimed, while on the other hand, timesheets and tight budgets are still used as management practices.

This mini-workshop is about questioning, adapting, and dissolving existing management practices as a continuous leadership task in organizations – a “clean out for happiness.” Using five steps, you will learn to analyze management practices regarding underlying beliefs and intentions and the impact on value creation and employee motivation. Finally, you will also identify appropriate decisions and measures. After this workshop, you will have a toolset you can bring to your organization or clients to help improve coherence, motivation, and happiness – just the next day.

Jürgen Dittmar

CEO - Cocondi - Agile Leadership and Agile Organizational Development

How Providing Freedom of Choice Enables People and Organisational Growth

Time is something we can’t turn back. And we spend around a third of our lifetime working. Thus – for people to feel fulfillment and joy in this time, it needs to be fun, creative, and provide some personal growth. In this talk Kadri will share experiences from different frameworks inspired by Pipedrive Agile Framework and show how rotating leadership roles, shared objectives and free will can help people and organizations. Kadri will share, how to motivate people to choose the most meaningful paths of growth, how to nudge people to be the best of themselves without burning out and how to scale engineering teams without constant interruption. As a positive side effect, this also provides acceptance of unknowns and self-trust, that there is a solution for any challenge.

Kadri Pirn

Head Of Engineering @ Demodesk

16:00 – 17:00

Redesigning and Transforming Recognition Programs Fit for the Future

Blurb Coming Soon!

Debra Corey

Best-Selling Author & Chief Pay it Forward Officer @ DebCo HR LTD

17:00 – 17:15

Wrap-up day 1

Let’s wrap up the day of learning and highlight the best parts!

17:15 – 18:00

Virtual Social

Virtual Conference Day 2.
All times shown are in CET (UTC +1)

09:15 – 09:30

Welcome by Management 3.0

09:30 – 10:30

Storypowered Change: Gain Support, Overcome Resistance and Create Lasting Impact

There’s a reason millions of people can watch Netflix for hours on end every night, but most of us struggle to sit through a meeting or presentation for 10 minutes. It’s not because business is boring; the business has all the excitement of real life – and more. It’s because of how we communicate; without effective communication, employees feel disengaged, teams underperform, and managing change is impossible. That’s why you need storytelling.

It takes more than a story to create long-lasting change, but you can’t achieve it without a story. A story can create focus and give meaning to change, help spread it and overcome objections.

In this dynamic and practical talk, you’ll learn how to:

– Find and nurture the stories that make your culture and inspire change
– Communicate in a way that is memorable and overcomes resistance
– Use stories to create a mission and purpose everyone in the company can get behind
– Make employees people feel heard, valued, and inspired to act

Francisco Mahfuz

Storytelling Keynote Speaker

10:30 – 11:00

Morning Break & Networking

11:00 – 11:45

32 is the new 40! How to kill the mental model of the 40hrs week – a Case Study.

Entire Countries are experimenting with it, GenZ wants it, Studies show the positive effects! Working less hours than the long-learned 40hrs/week model became more and more attractive.

In this talk, I want to share the journey of Giant Swarm (Tech Company, remote, 90 employees) going towards a 32 hr week. Starting with some theory, I will share the implementation concept and process, the good and the bad stuff, the iterations, and our methods to measure success on both business performance and employee happiness.

Anna Löw

VP People at Giant Swarm

Tech for Good: How Ethical Considerations Help us Build a Happier and more Desirable Future

In the past year, we talked a lot about how technology can help in our daily work, in working together and improving our lives. One topic that arose very strongly in our team was the topic of “How can technology be used FOR the benefit of people and not against it?” We noticed that people wanted to have a stronger alignment with their work and their own values, find their purpose, and wanted to bring sustainable solutions into the world (not just things that were “fancy”). Digital transformation efforts should help people in their lives, to make work easier and more enjoyable, empower people and not eradicate or discriminate against them. Therefore the question “How can we use technology to make the world better and people happier” became our core angle to work with our clients and challenge them on their ideas and mindsets. This also means that ethical leadership and the questions you have to face to get there became big areas of development for us.

I would like to share our journey on “How to be an ethical digital leader and make the world a better place,” the questions and discrepancies we face, and the discussions we have to take on to become better humans, digitally enabled teams, and more thoughtful leaders. We also give some insights into ongoing projects and why making ethical decisions is often a lot harder than it seems.

Bernadette Fellner

Business Innovation Lead and Design Thinking & Agile Coach at PwC Österreich

11:45 – 12:30

Managing Conflicts for Happiness

Blurb coming soon!

Ralph van Roosmalen

Author and Founder of Art of Teams

Why Does Happiness Matter When a Big Enterprise Tries to Launch a Startup

Let’s be honest: in most cases, it doesn’t matter what your company adopts to claim to become Agile. It could be Scrum, Kanban, or your own SAFeLeSS Frankenstein. The result typically is the same: beautiful PowerPoint slides, Tribes, ScrumBut, and… nearly the same speed of delivery as before but with magical words on top. You also get the same mediocre customer experience. And, last but not least, your employees are not happy. So what if I tell you that if you want to become Agile, you must start with happiness?

In this talk, I’m going to share with you the true story of one giant enterprise that decided to jump into the world of startups. The story where the happiness of employees goes first. The story where you get a product build from scratch in 8 weeks.

Anton Zotin

Agile coach, Trainer, Speaker, Mentor and Change Agent

12:30 – 12:45

Open Session Pitches

Open sessions are sometimes called “unsessions” or “open spaces.” They’re an alternative to preplanned panels and workshops and create a space for the attendees to take some control over the conference. Sessions are proposed by participants on the day of the conference and are participant-led.

12:45 – 13:45

Lunch & Networking Break

13:45 – 15:15

Open Session

Open sessions are sometimes called “unsessions” or “open spaces.” They’re an alternative to preplanned panels and workshops and create a space for the attendees to take some control over the conference. Sessions are proposed by participants on the day of the conference and are participant-led.

15:15 – 15:45

Afternoon Break & Networking

15:45 – 16:45

Beyond Happiness – Envision and Own a Culture where Everyone Thrives

In this keynote, Sunny shares why it’s time to redefine happiness, the role that life’s highs and lows play, and how we are more resilient when we live with happiness and humanity. She’ll define what it means to take care of your greenhouse as you grow others, and explain the new concept of the double ROI — return on investment and ripple of impact.

Because when we show up authentically at work, we can bring our whole selves, which benefits everyone on the team: solutions are created, innovation happens, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging flow naturally.

When we apply the learnings from Beyond Happiness, we wake up knowing, regardless of what news might be in the headlines that day, that we’re grounded in our internal worlds. That we’re putting our time and talents to the best use, in service of ourselves and everyone we touch in our ecosystems.

Sunny Grosso

Culture Chief @ Delivering Happiness

16:45 – 17:00

Wrap up

– What have you learned?
– Takeaways
– What was fun?
– Connection you made?


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