Case Competition Perspectives
Tammie Potvin is a Principal in Deloitte Consulting LLP's Human Capital practice and leads Technology Adoption for the Organization & Talent service line. Her experience includes assisting with ERP (both Oracle and SAP), HR outsourcing, large-scale change management planning and implementation, communication strategy and design and process and change impact assessment projects. She currently serves clients in both the Consumer Business and Manufacturing industries.
My interest in serving as a judge
I always look for opportunities to talk to students that are interested in Deloitte or in consulting and see the amazing talent that is coming out of the schools. I had heard a lot about the strong reputation of the case competition. The rigor of the competition and the caliber of schools represented made me really excited to get involved. I was amazed at the quality of the presentations that students gave and how well-planned and organized the competition was.
The case competition vs. real client projects
The case competition presents the opportunity to analyze a real-life, real client challenge. Teams are challenged to think about the most effective ways that the client could address the problem. The competition takes a step beyond analysis and recommendations to emphasize effective communication of these recommendations. Consultants must be able to sell the work before they can start the work, and they do this through articulating ideas in a way that is meaningful to the people in the room.
Traits of a successful team
Broad teams comprised of people with different backgrounds are important to success. Effective team members are able to work well together and come across as a unit rather than a group of individuals. As a judge, I looked for people in the group who did not speak as much or did not field many questions, and I would specifically ask them a question. Team members should contribute equally and be fully aligned towards a common goal.
My favorite part of the competition
As a judge, my favorite part of the competition was listening to the presentations. But on a more personal note, it was also an opportunity to spend time with Orlan, my fellow judge from Deloitte who I hadn't seen in a while. Of course, we had several Deloitte practitioners at the event and connecting with our colleagues was also definitely one of the highlights.