i-adopt’s Assessment Pillar: How to identify employees’ skills

Posted On 2017-09-07

i-adopt’s Assessment Pillar

Here at Baker Baynes, we offer a bespoke consultancy methodology for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing and process plant industries called i-adopt. Our i-adopt solution was created to help customers adopt and utilise design software to its full potential so that they can design a better world.

We want to take you through the three pillars that make up our consultancy roadmap to success. Our first pillar is assessment, we’ll cover what this pillar offers, plus give you some expert tips on how to assess your employees’ skills so they can reach their full potential.

The i-adopt assessment pillar

To put it simply, the assessment pillar of i-adopt analyses what a business needs. In order to do this, we need to understand the business environment, analysing the requirements, as well as the problems.

Looking at four areas – purpose, people, process and technology, the assessment phase of the consultancy roadmap will observe and scope the current and desired state of the business.


Firstly, we take a look at the purpose behind the assessment. The companies we work with seek out a technology partner that can provide them with a solution to a problem they are having. And, to ensure that we are assisting with the correct problem we need to assess the current state of the business and ascertain what their goals are. After this assessment, our team create a tailored report covering the business vision and goals.


The assessment pillar of i-adopt dedicates a large portion of time to the people within a business. People and their skills are one of, if not the most, important part of a business. So, a key part to business success is being able to identify those skills.

With this in mind, here are our top tips to identifying an employee’s skills:


It sounds obvious but the best place to start is with the employee. What do they see as their skill set? And where do they feel they can improve? This will give you a basic understanding of their strengths.

Our top tip would be to find out what the employee enjoys doing. This is a great tactic if an employee is very modest. Often when a staff member finds a task enjoyable, it’s because they’re good at it.


Again, it sounds obvious but you’d be surprised at how often this doesn’t happen. Simply, look around and observe what your employees are doing, and what they are doing well. Then create a benchmark or standard for the team to strive to achieve.

Don’t forget to point out when they’re doing something well. Praise will motivate them to keep doing it!

Give opportunities

You’ll only identify skills if your employees have the chance to demonstrate them. So, ensure there are tasks for your employees to show off different skill sets. And, make sure you’re aware of the skills required before setting them the task so you know what to look out for.

Look at tool proficiency

There’s a saying that a tool is only as good as the person using it. We live by this rule. Often businesses don’t know the proficiency of their staff when it comes to technology and tools. But, it’s vital to an efficient and successful business.

Part of the assessment pillar in the i-adopt solution is a user-proficiency assessment, where a significant amount of time will be spent with each employee on each Autodesk product used. After this, a proficiency score will be given, a report created to benchmark all users assessed and an individual learning path created to support future learning. Once there’s a score associated to each employee, their skills have been measured and they can be improved upon if necessary.


Next, we take a look at process. Our industry consultants are trained to understand what a company’s workflow should look like and to identify which areas of the organisations workflow is inefficient.

These kinds of inefficiencies can be corrected in various ways, and assessments are conducted in areas including:

  • Design
  • Visualisation
  • Analysis
  • Documentation
  • Workflows
  • Process Automation
  • Process Analysis
  • Data Management

We believe that we can then propose solutions to help organisations become more efficient and more productive.


The final area we look at is technology. It isn’t enough to just assess the purpose, people and process without assessing the technology, as most of the time are customers get in touch with us because they are looking for new software to improve their business.

We aren’t in the business of just processing order requests without making sure that our customers are purchasing the RIGHT product for their business to achieve their business goals.

More on i-adopt

We hope you’ve enjoyed this round-up on the assessment pillar of i-adopt. Next time, we’ll cover education and offer some training techniques for businesses and leaders. So, come back and see us soon!

If you can’t wait that long and you would like more information on i-adopt then please drop us a line.

We’re also showcasing our i-adopt solution at the Autodesk University (AU) event on 8 September 2017 in Cape Town. Come and visit us there by registering to attend the event.

i-adopt’s Assessment Pillar: How to identify employees’ skills

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