Main focus: Product Management
Twitter handle: @karlawithakey
Languages: English, German, Spanish
Topics: communication, product management, women in tech, agile transformation, entrepreneurship, agile product development, digitalization, agile software development, user experience, new work, design thinking, digital natives, user centered software design, networking, women in digital, diversity, multipotentionality
Services: Talk, Workshop management, Consulting, Coaching, Interview
Willing to travel for an event.
Karla currently works as a Product Manager at Sauce Labs. Prior to that, she worked as a Product Owner at RatePAY, a fintech company, and before had different roles in the Berlin startup scene i.e. at shyftplan, twago, truffls and epubli. With a background in International Business Administration and her self-taught tech skills she steadily moved into digital product management to build innovative, useful software. Karla is a firm believer in agile methods, user centric design and diverse teams. She greatly enjoys sharing knowledge and interacting with audiences, because there is always an opportunity to grow. She was amongst the TOP10 finalists of RAHM 2018, the global LGBT leadership contest, and named as one of the 50 Women in Product in Europe List 2018.
She was a speaker at the WeAreDevelopers Conference in Berlin in June 2019 and at the European Women in Tech conference in Amsterdam in November 2019.
Examples of previous talks / appearances:
The European Women in Technology conference 2019 was held in Amsterdam for two days with 4.000 attendees. This makes it the largest technology conference focusing on women in Europe.
I held my talk on why developers need much more than just coding skills to become great developers - in fact empathy and communication skills will make the difference in their career.
Understand the meaning of VUCA and how it impacts you as a developer
Learn how agile is an answer to the ever-increasing complexity at work
Why are self-organizing teams and product-focused companies better at dealing with change
Know the tasks that great developers need to do in a self-organizing team within a product-focused company
Get to know the first three steps from being a good developer to becoming a great developer
As a developer it might seem natural to assume that your main task is developing software. Well, it's not. Since our world has become increasingly more complex and fast-paced in the past years, tech companies had to reorganize themselves leading to the rise of product-focused companies with self-organizing teams.
In order to succeed in this changed environment, as a developer you need to expand your skill set to several other areas. This talk will provide a detailed account of these areas and how to take your first steps from being a good developer to becoming a great developer.
WeAreDevelopers is one of the largest developer conferences in Europe which took place in Berlin with about 8.000 attendees.This talk is in: English
Together with Emma Tracey, Co-Founder of Honeypot.io, and Sandrine Vinay, Employee Experience Manager at METRONOM, we invited the audience to discuss with us the experience we make as women in tech and what each one of us could start doing today, so the situation improves. The fishbowl was moderated by Hilary Klassen, Founder & CEO of Career Ari.
The evening inspired me to write the following article: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/fixing-leaky-pipeline-how-keep-women-tech-karla-sch%C3%B6nicke/
This panel was organized by Isabelle Hoyer from PANDA (the women leadership contest and network) and took place at the Sticks & Stones career fair for LGBTQI people in May 2019. https://www.sticks-and-stones.com/vortragsprogramm/
Together with Uta Menges, Claudia Fischer and Katerina Holubova we discussed the current obstacles and practical tips how everyone can start promoting gender equality today.
This panel organized in May 2019 by the Women Techmakers Berlin chapter centered around practical tips how to move into the technology industry with a different academic background. I was one of the panelists, focusing on my career change from business to product management. Consequently, I shared my experience on how to build an online profile, market yourself in the tech world, adopt tech speak, which skills can be transferred into the new role (answer: anything!) and why persistence is the number one thing to become successful.This talk is in: English
My team from RatePAY GmbH (Eduardo Iriarte, Marc Trösken, Tobias Franke and me) participated in Bankathon #6 and pitched our app idea #swopp in front of the Banking Summit 2018 in Frankfurt (Germany).
Among the 85 participants in 24 teams, the jury selected us as winner in the category "Online Banking" and we were also awarded the prize for "Overall Winner 2018".
More details here: https://www.bankathon.net/flashback/
„…denn sie wissen nicht, was sie tun.“ - Warum agil nicht gleich Chaos und Scrum kein Allheilmittel ist
Zum Thema „agil(e)“ gibt es viele Meinungen und wenig fundiertes Wissen. Ausgehend von den Grundvoraussetzungen, ohne die agiles Arbeiten zum Scheitern verurteilt ist, gibt dieser Talk einen Überblick zu agilen Methoden und beantwortet die wichtigsten Fragen rund um eine effektive Zusammenarbeit in agilen Teams (egal ob sie an Software arbeiten oder nicht). Außerdem wird gezeigt, dass Agilität schon jetzt ein wichtiger Baustein für die Digitale Transformation und New Work ist.
Die #herCAREER ist eine Karrieremesse für Frauen und findet einmal jährlich in München statt. Das Karriere-Meetup ist ein perfektes Format für 60 Minuten wertvollen Austausch zwischen einer Expertin und Menschen mit Fragen zu einem Fokusthema.This talk is in: German
This session took place on the second day of the 4-day TYPO3 Developer Days 2018 in Düsseldorf/Germany.
“Product Owner” is a Scrum role, but where does it differ from Project Manager and Product Manager roles? And agile development is nice, but how can Product Owners effectively interact with their self-organizing, cross-functional development teams? Or simply put: Which behaviors in an agile team are helpful and which deadly?
This talk will answer the above questions from a theoretical and practical point of view using my experience as a Product Owner at RatePAY to provide examples.
This talk was given in December 2017 at the 35th Gettogether of Unicorns in Tech at the office of King (game company) with over 100 attendees. As one of two speakers of the evening, I presented some common misconceptions about Design Thinking, how it is often applied in a wrong way and and what everyone can do to fix that.
LinkedIn post: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6339186634474475520This talk is in: English
Annual event for mentors and mentees of the "One World Social Capital Programme", an initiative to promote female professionals to break the glass ceiling. The talk was about starting into my career including a period without a job and my learnings from this time.This talk is in: English
Gemeinsam mit einem Co-Moderator führten wir auf dem #BBJT2017 ein 90-minütiges Podiumsgespräch mit drei wichtigen Kirchenvertretern. Zu den Themen "Christsein im Alltag" und "Die Kirche in der Gesellschaft" wurden Fragen diskutiert, die vorab von Jugendlichen eingereicht worden waren.This talk is in: German
This talk was held at #unit festival 2015 about how digital natives prefer to work, what their understanding of work is and how tech companies should adapt to that in order to be an attractive employer to the generation Y.This talk is in: English
Together with TechSquat and RedHat, we organized the first Rails Girls Workshop in the Czech Republic in Brno (see http://railsgirls.com/brno20130621.html). In the opening talk I presented the mission of Rails Girls, my motivation to come to Brno as a coach, why coding is awesome and what mindset you need to succeed with learning how to code. Basically it was a motivational pitch to get the participants even more excited about starting a day full of coding.This talk is in: English