#11 - Sascha Skydsgaard: Lessons in Implementing RevOps


In this episode, Sascha Skydsgaard, Chief Revenue Officer at TimeLog, discusses the company’s strategic shift from a traditional SaaS model to a unified revenue organization.

Hosted by Andreas Kongstad, this discussion explores the challenges and triumphs of restructuring for enhanced revenue alignment and efficiency.

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This episode provides a look at the reorganization necessary to foster a cohesive revenue-driven culture within a tech company.

Sascha emphasizes the holistic approach required to streamline operations and improve cross-functional collaboration, stating, “It’s about creating a machine where all components work seamlessly together to drive growth and customer satisfaction.”

Key Takeaways

  1. Strategic transition to a Revenue Organization: Insights into the restructuring process and its impact on business operations.
  2. Role of the Chief Revenue Officer: How a CRO can centralize efforts and streamline various revenue streams.
  3. Integrating systems for better workflow: The benefits of adopting a platform like HubSpot to unify customer data and interactions.
  4. Fostering team collaboration: Techniques to enhance teamwork across different departments.
  5. Importance of documentation and playbooks: How maintaining detailed records and guidelines supports consistent practices and eases onboarding.


Transition to a Revenue Organization

The transition from a traditional SaaS model to a revenue organization at TimeLog was initiated to address inefficiencies in handling multiple, isolated team objectives.

This shift involved redefining roles and merging departments under a unified leadership focused on revenue outcomes rather than just departmental targets.

  • Organizational synergy: By aligning all departments under a single revenue-focused goal, TimeLog has been able to significantly enhance strategic alignment and operational efficiency.
  • Challenges overcome: Key challenges included overcoming resistance to change, aligning different team cultures, and ensuring all employees understood and embraced their new roles within the revenue organization framework.


Role of a Chief Revenue Officer

As the Chief Revenue Officer, Sascha’s role involves overseeing all revenue-generating processes and ensuring that they are efficiently integrated.

This position is pivotal in bridging gaps between sales, marketing, and customer success teams, providing strategic direction and fostering an environment of accountability.

  • Strategic impact: The CRO ensures that all teams are not only aware of but also actively contribute to the overarching revenue goals of the company.
  • Driving operational efficiency: By having a bird’s-eye view of all revenue activities, the CRO can pinpoint inefficiencies and streamline processes across different departments.


Integrating Systems for Better Workflow

The adoption of HubSpot as TimeLog’s central system marked a significant improvement in managing customer relationships and internal communications.

This system integration supports a more cohesive workflow and better data management, leading to improved customer insights and service.

  • Consolidated data management: With HubSpot, TimeLog has been able to eliminate data silos and create a single source of truth for all customer interactions.
  • Enhanced customer insights: Unified data allows for more accurate analysis and better-targeted customer engagement strategies, directly impacting customer satisfaction and retention.


Fostering Team Collaboration

The restructuring into a revenue organization has significantly enhanced interdepartmental collaboration at TimeLog.

By understanding the interconnectedness of their roles in the revenue cycle, teams are more proactive in supporting each other’s objectives.

  • Collaborative culture: Regular cross-functional meetings and shared goals encourage a culture of mutual support and collective problem-solving.
  • Resource flexibility: The ability to shift resources across teams as needed helps TimeLog optimize workforce allocation and maintain agility in operations.


Importance of Documentation and Playbooks

To ensure consistency and quality across all operations, TimeLog invests in comprehensive documentation and playbooks.

These resources are crucial for maintaining operational clarity and easing the onboarding process for new hires.

  • Standardized operations: Detailed playbooks ensure that all team members, regardless of when they join, perform their roles according to established best practices.
  • Facilitated onboarding and training: New employees have access to all necessary operational knowledge from day one, significantly reducing the learning curve and enhancing productivity.



  • (00:01:00) Discussing the transition to a revenue organization
  • (00:10:00) Role of the Chief Revenue Officer
  • (00:20:00) Benefits of system integration with HubSpot
  • (00:30:00) Strategies for fostering team collaboration
  • (00:40:00) The importance of documentation and playbooks


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