A project team that has been working for months to review last year’s Workday implementation and is preparing to release its findings on how the initiative impacted employees, efficiency and operations at Metropolitan State University of Denver. 

Larry Sampler, the University’s chief operating officer, commissioned the After Action Retrospective to identify successes and areas of opportunity uncovered during the transition to Workday, which shifted many of the University’s business and human-resources functions to a single management system.  

Sampler and other University leaders will hold an employee town hall April 29 to discuss the After Action Retrospective findings and will release the report prior to that meeting. 

Larry Sampler

“As our team reviewed the report’s findings, it was immediately clear that the move to Workday has improved and streamlined some business finance, budget and payroll processes but that we still have a long way to go to ensure all employees are properly informed, trained and prepared to use it,” Sampler said. “We’re looking forward to discussing our findings with our campus community, and we are excited about how the review will inform future decisionmaking and ensure successful projects.” 

Workday After Action Retrospective Town Hall

  • April 29 
  • 9:30-11 a.m. 
  • Jordan Student Success Building, Room 400 
  • In-person attendance is preferred and is available on a first-come, first-served basis, but the meeting will also be accessible via Microsoft Teams. 

Data gleaned from the review will inform and improve processes around similar large-scale projects in the future, including implementation of a new student-information system, Sampler said.  

The report is the result of months of work completed by the internal Workday Retrospective Project Team and professionals from consulting firm Continuum. The report will present themes and findings obtaingleaned from feedback provided by more than 600 employees who participated in a digital survey, one-on-one interviews and in-person focus groups.   

The forum-style town hall event will provide an overview of the After Action Retrospective process; a look at overarching themes, findings and recommendations; and a timeline for next steps. It will also allow Larry Sampler, chief operating officer, and other key leaders involved in the review to answer questions from the University community. 

Please keep an eye on the Early Bird for the report’s release prior to this month’s town hall. 


Learn more    

To read more about Workday and the implementation process, please visit the University’s dedicated Workday webpage. Watch the page for more updates on the Workday Retrospective Project.