At Graspskills’s Consulting, we help companies think ahead. Business today is evolving faster than at any other time in history, and tomorrow there are going to be challenges we can't even imagine today and opportunities. But to survive and bloom, we must imagine that future. We must anticipate it.
Even while we're helping you solve your business challenges today, we're thinking about the future - and how we can take you there. This is what gives you the competitive edge in what’s to come.
Whether you searching to recognize your strengths or develop greater organizational skills and maturity, Graspskills have integrated advisory approach focuses on optimizing the performance of people, structures, processes and tools that are essential to success. Your customized solutions will be designed to yield the biggest impact with the most value and your results will be experimental, so you can track progress as your objectives continue to be met and evolve. Graspskills consultants are established practitioners with decades of experience, expertise in every vertical and strong global presence who brings critical influence to your organizational evolution.
A Case Study: Engineering New Project Management When a leading manufacturer for the microchip industry needed to design and deliver a new project management program, they selected Graspskills. Initial assessments showed that while there was no established project management methodology, many engineers across the organization already applied a range of project management skills. Their inconsistencies, however, made only 10 percent of project plans “Excellent” by corporate standards.
Equipped with deep knowledge of organizational needs and opportunities, Graspskills consultants were able to quickly define project management roles and embed new structures and practices. Consequently, the company rapidly achieved:
Designing a successful performance step up plan to reach your goals requires a thorough understanding of how your organization functions at every level. By evaluating and benchmarking current capabilities and performance levels, AllSys can isolate and address the skills, application and management gaps that hinder performance and prevent you from reaching goals as fast as you’d like.Our in-depth assessments examine all aspects of your organization on three key dimensions—people, processes and tools—to identify which specific change mechanisms can be activated to achieve business objectives. Creating a baseline for comparison will also help ensure the precision of our solution and enable you to measure the business impact of organizational change initiatives and demonstrate ROI
Getting to the Root of the Issue A large life since company had internally trained their project managers, but their projects were still failing. They engaged Graspskills to uncover the reasons their skills were failing and create a plan for successful implementation.
Graspskills conducted a Project Framework assessment in order to identify process issues and skills gaps, then conducted a series of interviews with key management, executives and functional employees. The findings were then used to develop a learning plan that combined instructor-led training with coaching and mentoring to make sure the training was applied on the job.
In order to maximize efficiency and performance, all strategic and structural components of your organization must be in association. Even in the highest functioning operations, there can be gaps in composition that have a ripple effect on overall performance.
Creating or honing Centers of Excellence within your organization—the collaborative thought leadership, governance structures, methodologies and tools that uphold best practices and support continuous improvement—enables the highest quality output and maximum achievement.
Graspskills consultants will first identify any breaches within your organization and then tailor a solution to address any issues, leverage your assets and achieve organizational alignment.
Ensuring Adoption of Best Practices A leading automation technology company had developed several policies for project management, but application and adoption were erratic due to lack of buy-in by PMs. Communication throughout the organization had also been insufficient and ineffective.
Graspskills’s PMO consultants evaluated and addressed the issues surrounding lack of support among PMs and identified opportunities for departmental training to ensure consistency. Graspskills also developed a communication plan to educate and engage the organization’s key stakeholders. All activities were tied to client-specific goal setting and measurement in order to track progress.
In pursuit of operational excellence, you’ve likely implemented processes across your organization. The question is do you have the right processes in place for the right people to generate the right results?
Ideally, your organization will have just enough process to regulate methodology and make peoples’ jobs easier while producing the highest quality work output. Conversely, an over-engineered process or lack of consistent application actually creates more work and erodes productivity.
To optimize your functionality, Graspskills consultants will thoroughly assess your organization’s process adequacy and maturity, and benchmark against standards such as Business Analysis Body of Knowledge/Project Management Body of Knowledge/TOGAF Knowledge and best practices. We’ll then design, implement and measure success of tactical activities that deliver on your strategic intentions.
A sizeable County Department received a large funding increase and was subsequently inundated with requests for new IT projects. Although the staff was intelligent and motivated, they lacked the formal training and consistent methodologies to efficiently handle the influx of work. The Department engaged Graspskills to develop skills and best practices across business analysis and project management practices.
Graspskills developed a learning plan that called for a core group of employees—and a number of executives and managers—to complete Graspskills Business Analysis Professional Development Program onsite, integrating departmental materials whenever appropriate. Along with earning professional certifications, the employees adopted consistent methods and tools that eliminated redundancy and maximized performance. Immediately they realized an increase in productivity and quality of work, as well as the unanticipated benefits of strong team building and a mentoring environment.
As you work with Graspskills consultants to create your custom learning plan, consider what happens after the formal training events. As an industry average, 80% of knowledge gained in training is lost within three hours of exiting the classroom for participants who don’t get the proper support.
Graspskills makes support a priority to ensure you get the most out of your learning investment. Employing the appropriate mix of follow-up workshops, blended learning options or coaching to bolster newly-acquired knowledge will help ensure the immediate application—and long-term adoption—of new techniques.
Your Graspskills consultant will work with you to devise a learning reinforcement plan that’s right for your organization, promoting continuous improvement and an environment that fosters new practices.
A leading global financial services firm needed a way to help PM executives practice applying their skills in real-world scenarios. Graspskills provided workshop learning events that simulated real-world experiences in a lab-like learning environment.
Since the approach made the learning event relevant, participants were able to test and apply their skills, allowing them to try, succeed or improve in a safe, supportive environment. The workshop setting also let the entire group draw practical conclusions for use on the job.
Throughout your learning initiative, some performance improvements will be immediate and obvious, while others may lay the groundwork for a crucial next step. Substantiating your progress is important to validating exactly how your organization has improved, whether issues have been solved, and what learning is still required to achieve existing or evolving goals.
Utilizing in-depth Metrics that Matter, we gather predictive data about higher-level results that indicate program effectiveness and your potential business impact. At every relevant stage, Graspskills assesses your training outcomes so that you can better measure success, identify new opportunities and justify learning investments to other key decision-makers.