Athens Group - Traction® TeamPage for Quality Management, Training and Knowledge Base
Athens Group is an independent consulting firm based in Houston, Texas.
Using TeamPage, Athens Group is able to quickly and cost-effectively train a greater number of Drilling Technology Assurance℠ (DTA) consultants, enabling the company to provide its DTA services to a rapidly growing client base.
About Athens Group
Athens Group provides independent, third-party technology assurance services for high-specification Oil & Gas drilling and production systems.
Before Traction TeamPage
In 2009, Athens Group was faced with the need to scale its training and quality management systems to accommodate its rapid growth.
- Consolidate AGQMS for more streamlined change management and greater internal visibility
- Keep up with the demand for its services by enabling new hires to more quickly remove any gaps in their knowledge, become well versed in the Athens Group proprietary Proven Practices, and become productive DTA Consultants
Benefits of Traction TeamPage
“No, really, we want you to edit our intranet first day on the job.
This oft-repeated conversation highlights three reasons why Athens Group selected Traction TeamPage over competitive systems:
- Ease of editing by anyone in the company
- A full audit trail of all changes
- Ability to have a mix of open and moderated spaces
The ability to export collections to Word and PDF, subscribe to pages and spaces, and use keyword tags were other important features for the fast-growing company.
Less than a year after implementation of the company’s Traction TeamPage based Intranet, adoption has been rapid, as shown in the following graph.
By building its company Intranet using Traction TeamPage technology, Athens Group has been able to:
- Consolidate disparate sources of company knowledge into a single portal
- Streamline its training and knowledge management processes
Athens Group Quality Management System (AGQMS)
The Traction TeamPage deployment of AGQMS was designed and implemented under the auspices David Wight, the Director of Quality for Athens Group, who has designed several ISO-certified quality systems.
The AGQMS space’s home page is a comprehensive home page on the Intranet, with links to top-level articles:
Athens Group chose to make AGQMS a moderated space, creating an audit trail of approvals as well as edits.
Using the tagging capabilities in TeamPage, each page is assigned an owner and an approver.
Athens Group Knowledge Portal
As a consulting services organization, accessibility to corporate knowledge is a core value that Athens Group provides for its clients.
To aid knowledge transfer, Athens Group created its own taxonomy of industry keywords.
Similar tags for clients, vendors, operators, rigs, and so forth enabled creation of section driven pages that dynamically build themselves as Athens Groups adds new clients, rigs and projects to its ever-expanding list of successful delivery of DTA services.
These lists are self-maintaining, because any time a new project or lesson learned or other page is tagged with the rig name, TeamPage will automatically update the list.
Traction TeamPage’s ability to use tags and dynamic sections has resulted in a highly cross-linked, yet zero-maintenance knowledge portal.
DTA Training Curriculum
The increasing demand for Athens Group’s DTA services created the need for scalability in the training process.
The DTA Training space implements this approach and has greatly improved the scalability of Athens Group’s training program.
Each of the training pages may have links to many other spaces, such as AGQMS, Company Info, or DTA Proven Practices.
New hires who are seasoned veterans from other leading companies in the industry have consistently say that the Athens Group Intranet, quality system, and training program is the best they've ever seen.
The Future of Traction TeamPage at Athens Group
Athens Group’s Traction TeamPage based Intranet allowed the company to better leverage its AGQMS system and reduce the training time needed before DTA consultants are ready to be assigned to projects.