Training support for a leading management consultancy

Training support for a leading management consultancy

Various Business Systems

RapidScope®Planning & designing your training
Reference GuidesComprehensive end-user manuals
Trainer PacksLesson plans for consistent delivery
Quick CardsDouble-sided simple process cards
eLearningFour interactive and passive eLearning options
Classroom DeliveryHands-on training sessions
Presentation DeliveryDemonstrations to large groups
Go-Live SupportOnsite floor walking and hypercare
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Project overview
  • Deliver a range of business-focused learning events.
  • To provide active support to consultants at client sites on a range of IT operational issues.
  • Advise on new training methods, best practices and innovative training solutions.
  • Provide both telephone and ‘at-desk’ support to all members of staff.

Optimum, the IT training specialist, has provided user-adoption support to McKinsey & Company, a leading, worldwide management consultancy, for more than 20 years.

An Optimum training consultant is embedded within McKinsey on a near full-time basis, working as part of its global IT learning team to develop and deliver training courses for a wide-range of different business systems, supporting the end users. They are boosted by additional resource from Optimum whenever required.

The lead training consultant for Optimum, David McKay, commented: “This model has worked for McKinsey for more than 20 years because it provides them with flexibility and continuity of service. It also gives them access to additional training consultants and administrative support at busier periods, guaranteeing that all their 14,000 business consultants get the training they need on time, wherever they are based.”

“Optimum’s role is primarily to provide a totally reliable and flexible resource for McKinsey.”

David McKay Optimum lead training consultant

The Optimum team provides ongoing training events, presentations and support, plus rollout assistance for system upgrades. Its resources are split between training users in McKinsey & Company’s London office and those staff based elsewhere in the UK, overseas or working at clients’ premises.

Optimum also runs IT orientation sessions for all new joiners. This two-hour WebEx session covers the basics of their laptop functionality, the in-house systems and an introduction to the Learn Portal, an intranet site that employees can use to manage their professional development.

Several times a year around 50 graduates and specialists from a range of industries are recruited as business analysts in the London office. A critical part of Optimum’s role is to organise and help to deliver to these groups a comprehensive two-week classroom-based IT induction in the desktop productivity software they will use.

McKay said: “These are high pressure periods and there are inevitably last-minute changes in course content and scheduling. So that we can plan and deliver the induction training seamlessly, we increase the size of our on-site team and handle all the course administration including marketing, booking facilities and courseware production”.

This induction programme includes the basic IT orientation along with hands-on, application specific training. Here the course content is based exclusively around a client case study and Optimum works alongside other trainers who teach ‘softer’ communication skills.

Optimum delivers intensive courses on advanced Microsoft Excel modelling and the Microsoft Access information management tool. Bespoke training is also given on McKinsey’s very heavily customised version of Microsoft PowerPoint.

Since much of the consultants’ work for their clients hinges on complex data processing and analysis, Optimum provides specialist training on both the Alteryx data preparation and manipulation system and on Tableau, a platform that provides interactive, visual analysis of data.

In the London office these induction courses are delivered face-to-face but users based elsewhere are trained in virtual classrooms using WebEx. Optimum has developed a range of self-study tools to complement these sessions and help remote workers develop their IT skills.

Another element in Optimum’s services is support in managing and handling both the daily IT queries and the requests for specific IT training that come in from the business analysts and other staff. Optimum provides ongoing one-to-one telephone and at-desk support to relieve pressure on the client’s internal IT help-desk team. Other solutions include scheduling both regular and ad hoc courses.

Staff are regularly faced with desktop system upgrades and roll outs, including communications software for the many mobile users. Whenever there are large-scale laptop and phone migrations, Optimum helps to ensure a smooth transition by bringing in extra resource to provide both training and administrative support.

“Optimum’s role is primarily to provide a totally reliable, flexible resource for McKinsey,” McKay concluded. “Our broad systems expertise means we can rapidly provide them with solutions to a wide range of training challenges and make sure their staff are trained effectively and on schedule”.

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