Why to request a contribution
Many of the biggest blockers in organizations originate from dependencies between teams, as teams need each other to achieve their Goals and priorities.
In the OKR process, the Alignment phase is usually where teams identify alignment potential and dependencies, meet and negotiate the terms of the alignment, and document the collaboration. However, this is often a lengthy, costly, and intransparent process, where it is hard for teams to keep an overview of what is needed from them and how others will support them.
Workpath's Contribution Requests allow teams to request the contribution of another team towards their Goals easily to make sure there are no unknown dependencies.
The requested team can manage and respond to all requests in one view, and when a request is accepted, the team becomes a stakeholder of the Goal and can collaborate to achieve it.
How to use Contribution Requests
1. Request a Contribution
Contributions can be requested throughout the whole cycle for any Team Goal in Workpath. To request a contribution,
- Navigate to the respective Goal Room and then the Contribution section on the right
- Start creating a request by clicking on "Request Contribution".
- Specify what you need from the other team ideally including a time estimation
- Click Send to notify the other team
💡 After the request is sent:
- The Team Lead of the requested team will get notified on the platform and via email
- It usually makes sense to get in touch with the other team to clarify details
- Requests appear on the Team Page for the requesting as well as requested team, where they can be further managed (see next section)
- Like Goals, Contribution Requests are publicly visible in Workpath
2. Manage your requests
The drafting and alignment phase of the OKR cycle is where many teams think about their capacity for the upcoming cycle, and how they intend to split this between their own Goals and supporting others.
Workpath supports this by displaying contribution requests directly below the Team Goals on the team page. From here, the team can get a clear picture of what is requested.
On the Team Page, the section Contributions > Requests shows:
- The total amount of Contribution Request the team has received and has already agreed to contribute to
- All requests made to the team, i.e. what other teams need from this team
- All requests made from this team to other teams
- An overview of what is needed and when it was requested
- The status of the request: Pending, Accepted or Declined
Additionally, you can use the filter option to quickly find the information you actually need and only see requests your are currently interested in. By clicking on Filters on the right, all listed Contribution Requests can be clustered based on their current status. The request counter on top will always reflect the total amount of requests regardless of the current filter settings.
To access the details of a Contribution Request, i.e. the full description of what is needed or any comments made in regard to the request, click the View button on the right. Doing so will open a new modal providing all information at one glance.
3. Accept or decline requests
The details of a request can be opened directly from an email, notification, or from the overview of requests on the team page described above.
From here, any member of the requested team can accept or decline the request. Use the comment function to document the details of your collaboration, which you worked out earlier, or the reasons why you cannot support the other team on this request.
💡 After the request has been answered, the decision will be sent to the Team Lead of the requesting team. If the request was accepted:
- The requested team becomes a stakeholder of the Goal to collaborate on it in the way that was specified in the request, e.g. by creating and owning an Initiative or Key Result
- The Goal appears on the Team Page of the team that is now contributing to it
Contribution requests will become even more powerful in the future! If you are missing anything or have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.