The scientifically valid diagnostic tool for the digital mindset
People are the relevant success factor in digitization!
What digital type am I?
The DIGITAL COMPETENCE INDICATOR is a personality test about your mindset in digitization. It is not about digital skills, such as programming languages or software knowledge, but much more about your characteristic in 6 mindset dimensions.
Mindset dimensions in the DCI
A total of 6 dimensions of the digital mindset are analyzed with the DCI. Each of these dimensions has two poles. The DCI analyzes where between these two poles the DCI users are pronounced.
Openness and agility vs. persistence
Proactivity vs Reactivity
Creativity vs. process loyalty
Critical ability vs. harmony orientation
Open dealing with failure vs. avoidance of failure
Customer centricity vs. task centricity
Optionally, digital literacy can be added as a 7th dimension to measure digital hard skills.
These dimensions can be used to assign users to the four digital types.
These digital types characterize the four different roles in the digital transformation.
The digital types
There are a total of 4 digital types that result from the 6 mindset dimensions.
These types all have strengths and stats for the system, and no type is better or worse than another type. In the DCI, users receive feedback on the digital types in order to better understand the result and make the result more tangible.
The users receive feedback on how much percent of each type they carry in themselves.
The mindset is not assigned to just one digital type, but mindset is a combination of the different types.
Open to new technologies
Can inspire others
Acceptance in the company
Acts as an opinion leader
Avoids silo thinking
Driver and changer
High social skills
High technical affinity
Sees failure as an opportunity
Creativity and openness
How were the types developed?
In the past few years, we have conducted several hundred interviews with potential candidates and customers and found out that patterns and types are emerging. From this we have developed a matrix in which each type can be described in terms of its strengths, its value for the system and its limits.
With several thousand uses of the DCI, the matrix with the six dimensions critical to success and four digital types has become more and more solid and the standard values have been further developed.
Volkswagen Financial Services
HR Product and Project Portfolio Management & Innovation
The DCI is an important part of the global program "Leadership in Transformation". The tool serves, among other things, as a location determination and provides a precise analysis related to the digital mindset. For us, DCI has been an excellent basis for the targeted development of managers in these turbulent times. We have also used the tool in several European markets and are very happy with the results. Definitely a "must have" in times of digital transformation.
Head of Digital Competencies
I have worked on both the HR side and the digitization side. Seen from both perspectives, this tool is a great asset for every organization: The digital mindset can be optimally used in recruiting as well as in personnel development.
The same applies to organizational development topics in order to take the right people with you in a healthy digital organization and to expand the mindset for the future.
Head of People Onshore & Talent Development
Performance & personality are essential, especially in transformation processes - that's why we within the NSB Group have decided that critical questions about the career path alone are no longer sufficient, but rather explore the digital mindset of the applicants. Since 2021 we have been supporting our impressions from the interviews with the objective evaluations des Digital Competence Indicators. They do not relieve us of the responsibility to make a decision - but sometimes the reaction to the invitation to the test already provides information about the openness of the applicants and their willingness to deal with innovations.
The DCI helps us to make the applicant selection process even more thorough and organized. We currently have a 4-step process. For us, the DCI fits in perfectly as an "intermediate link" and supports an overall professional appearance.
What DCI customers say
How does the DCI work?
User receives access data and logs in.
User passes through 48 scientifically developed items on the six dimensions critical to success.
Duration: Approx. 10 minutes
Users receive the analysis of the digital mindset directly in a dashboard, which guides them through the individual analysis with different media (graphics, videos, text). In this way, the user gets to know his digital type characteristics as well as the characteristics in the six mindset dimensions critical to success.
Users always have the opportunity to log in to the DCI dashboard and interact with their digital mindset.
User can use the Mindset Indicator Academy to enter directly into an individual learning path for Mindset development.
Application areas of the DCI
Mindset analysis for targeted personnel development
Basis for targeted organisational development
Soft skill matching in recruiting and basis for interviews
Why do we need another indicator for personality traits?
So far, there are none which address the following topics and questions:
What digital type am I?
A question which is difficult to answer, because the concept of digitization is neither clearly defined, nor has it been declared which personality traits are needed for it.
Who are my customers?
Because it is important to understand that everyone in a company has customers (some are external, others are internal - e.g. departments).
Which personality traits will subsequently be needed in the future for our company's success?
Technological-digital traits alone are definitely not the solution.
How can we improve the set up of our teams?
Set up teams with DCI, which work more synergetically.
Independent of industries
The DCI is not industry-specific and can be used for different sizes of companies and has been proven in practice - from medium-sized businesses to large corporations.
Independent of roles
The DCI can be used independently of roles, i.e. there are no restrictions on the scope of use.
The DCI can also be tailored to your exact needs. This customizing can range from an additional dimension (such as digital literacy) to the look and feel of the tool.
DCI quality characteristics
Process time of 10 minutes.
Proven validity by scientific criteria.
Better understanding of one's own role and better understanding of the other players within a team.
Proven validity by scientific criteria.
If you want to learn more about the scientific validity, you can order our DCI study via email.
What do experts think about the DCI?
The DCI is a relevant future sustainability indicator that makes it possible to determine the digital mindset value-free and objectively. My motto is: simple and understandable user interface - but please on a scientifically sound basis; this is precisely what the DCI delivers for the individual employee or the team. A real added value on the way to future sustainability!
former CHRO Adidas
DCI case study
What Sparkasse executives say about the analysis and development of the digital mindset with DCI and the learning platform MIA.