[IPAC-List] Talent inventories

Dennis Doverspike dd1 at uakron.edu
Mon May 11 12:03:38 EDT 2009

I am not quite sure from reading the question - but are you talking about a
Competency Bank or Competency Dictionary? A basic database or list of

If so, Donna Denning, who should be on this list, has a lot of expertise in
the area.

Also, you could always contact consulting firms such as DDI or Select

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On Behalf Of Blair, Michael D[EQ]
Sent: Monday, May 11, 2009 10:46 AM
To: Bryan Baldwin; IPAC-List at ipacweb.org
Subject: Re: [IPAC-List] Talent inventories

Bryan -

I been involved in a few of these over the years. I'm not aware of an off
the shelf tool designed specifically for a talent inventory, however, this
is essentially the KSA side of a job analysis or needs assessment survey.
The primary difference being a focus on level of competency, rather than
importance, frequency, and needed upon hire versus learned on the job. If
you already have a detailed competency model, then it's pretty much plug and
play. If not, then you'll need to either develop a competency model or
otherwise roll up KSA data across the various jobs within the organization.

A word of caution. Communicating, in fact over-communicating, the purpose
of the study will be key to getting reliable results. Employees and
supervisors tend to overestimate or inflate competency levels, especially if
there are concerns about re-organization, compensation, or future
opportunity, etc.. Regardless of how well you communicate, there will be a
percentage that will not understand the purpose of the study and will be
fearful of how the results will be used. I have done several similar
studies as part of a gap analysis and the employee and supervisor ratings
have been significantly higher than the assessment results, especially for
non-technical skill sets. The more tenured the workforce, the wider this
gap tends to be.

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Subject: [IPAC-List] Talent inventories

Our organization is considering conducting a talent inventory (which I've
also seen described as a skills inventory, skills database, or skills
tracking) as part of our workforce planning and training effort. As I
envision it, this would allow employees, possibly with supervisory approval,
to identify competency areas and the organization could then see a rolled up

Has anyone done something like this and/or does anyone know of a product or
tool that has been successful at doing something like this?


Bryan Baldwin
Staff Services Manager II
California Department of Justice
Division of Administrative Support
Personnel Programs
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