What is the story behind the Mavendog name?
Maven (pronounced "mey-vuhn") is another word for specialist. The Mavendog name is inspired by one of our past clients, who called every challenged initiative he had a "dog of a project", and he would call on us to help recover and deliver it. The "-dog" suffix stuck, and the MAVENDOG name was born. It also captures the company's more gritty nature, whether referring to our team (we call ourselves "Mavendogs"), or the symbolic "dog" of a challenge we are asked to tame.
What exactly is a "delivery specialist"?
If you want to sustain relevance in the marketplace, then you need to understand what it takes to deliver projects. Otherwise, strategic goals are destined for stagnation, dilution, or outright failure. To be truly great at project delivery, you have to specialize in it. Our delivery specialists can:
- Define a project/application portfolio
- Lead complex, challenged, and unique projects
- Get failing projects back on track
- Ensure proper change enablement and change management
- Gauge project ROI and its impact on the marketplace
- Provide organizational and leadership development
What is the Mavendog connection to the military?
Veterans are a big part of the Mavendog consultant-recruiting model. Whether a Veteran has just left the Military; has been out for a while; or is still serving through the Guard or Reserve, he or she is a natural fit with the Mavendog culture. We have been awarded by the Department of Defense for this approach and policy of going above-and-beyond for our Guard and Reservist employees. We also partner with the North Carolina for Military Employment (NC4ME) in support of Veteran hiring.
It’s important to note that we don’t value military leadership experience more highly than civilian leadership experience. Not by any means. We want as broad a diversity of experience as possible, whether civilian of military in orgin. But for Veterans looking for their next career step, Mavendog offers an unparalleled platform.
How is Mavendog different from contracting/staffing companies?
Contracting firms are vehicles to fill staffing holes. They offer more generic, high volume staffing models (offshoring; outsourcing; managed services). Mavendog, on the other hand, is built on a Practice Area model to provide, support, and develop the best project leaders and teams. It’s ideal for project delivery, market analysis, strategic planning, and leadership coaching. No matter the project or endeavor, each Mavendog Practice Area supports the on-site consultant and/or team, which improves the likelihood of project stability and success. This model is particularly effective for the kind of initiatives Mavendog likes to take on – unique, challenged, chaotic.
What are you looking in a Mavendog recruit?
We seek out mavens in project leadership. Mavendog is built on a specialized Practice Area model. Our aim is to be the #1 source of delivery leaders (accomplished, results-oriented portfolio, program, project, and change management talent). It is a movement away from generic, weaker-matrixed consulting and staffing models.
What is Investigative Analysis? I've never heard of the term.
Investigative Analysis (IA) is one of Mavendog's six Practice Areas. IA is our source of top analysts for targeted investigative needs — e.g., root cause analysis; risk and issue assessments (especially controversial ones); vendor analysis, selection, and performance; ROI evaluations. Clients also leverage them to help determine what needs, situations, and predicaments are grounds for a new project. Our Marketing Analysis service falls into this practice area as well.
How does CHANGE ENABLEMENT fit into your company?
Mavendog is unique in that it integrates change enablement, organizational design, and organizational development disciplines into its project delivery services. Mavendog's CHANGE ENABLEMENT services help navigate and address the resistance that can bog down project deployments and organization strategies. Whatever the reason, change efforts often are improvised. As a result, the organization may experience difficulties with implementation, acceptance, and institutionalization. The workforce itself is often victimized by the "tyranny of the urgent" without proper time to cope and adapt. Mavendog brings a systematic application of change, helping both managers and employees alike.