Industries



Overview

Healthcare systems face the perfect storm of a changing regulatory environment, increasing financial pressure, and challenges in total care accountability. Healthcare leaders striving to navigate through the murky waters strive to avoid hidden shoals while steering their systems to enhance their operations while improving patient outcomes. Each year, systems make strategic investments to guide their organizations forward; however, often they lack the resources and expertise. In many cases, systems engage partners to assist them in designing, developing, and deploying these crucial initiatives. However, vendor partners need engagement and leadership from their clients – the healthcare systems – to make these programs successful.

Motive Power provides support to system leadership to enable them to engage with their partners on strategic initiatives in the most effective and productive manner – given the wide array of competing priorities and demands in front of them. Our consultant teams understand this challenge intimately and are uniquely positioned to provide system leadership with the information they need to work most effectively with their partners. Our advisory services empower our clients, making it possible for them to have the utmost confidence in their partners and achieve the impact needed from the investment.


Expertise
Strategic Initiative Program Management

Motive Power engages directly with system leadership to clearly understand what they are trying to achieve with each strategic initiative and then develops a program management approach suited to the initiative, the vendor partner, and the client environment. Our consultants determine program management practices, tools, and reports required, leveraging what is already in place if appropriate, and then deploys, supports, and in many cases runs the program management function on behalf of system leadership. With clear communication, Motive Power experts provide, on-demand, answers to the 3 Key Questions:

“Where are we?”

“Are we going to meet the timeline?”

“Will we get what we thought we were going to get when we’re done?”

Because our consultants have extensive expertise in running large-scale programs, including in the healthcare environment, they can provide senior leadership with guidance around how to work with the vendor partner(s) most effectively throughout the life-cycle of the program to achieve ROI for the organization.

We recently supported a 17-hospital system in defining and building out an entirely new subsidiary to run an associated health plan, in cooperation with a large consulting group, expert in health plan operations. Together, the health system leadership, Motive Power, and the consulting partner built out the health plan company and had it operational per the targeted timeline.


Organizational Development

While engaged in sheparding strategic initiatives, often Motive Power expands its scope to work directly with its client organization as well. The techniques, practices, and tools that Motive Power brings to bear on behalf of the client on strategic initiatives can be easily adapted to organizations of all sizes. Motive Power partners with its clients to look at their current organization, processes, and tools to develop recommendations and work with the client to implement those recommendations. Unlike many other management consulting firms, Motive Power doesn’t just tell its clients what to do, but stays with them to work in the trenches to make change happen.


Project Management Support

Often, healthcare systems have the resources in-house to get projects done, but no one has the ability to devote full-time attention to project managing the projects. In those cases, our project managers take on the load, regularly managing cross-system projects. No matter the type of project, our ability to deliver a quality product on-time and within budget remains a constant. Motive Power project managers skillfully navigate varied and distinct organizations and environments to keep their project teams aligned and marching to the same beat of the drum.


Training

We have boosted the project management skillset and expertise of our client’s key management personnel and project team members through focused and tailored training. Whether in a classroom setting or one-on-one, our made-to-measure training program fits your organization’s needs. As technology improves, specialization has become more widespread. As most healthcare systems are heavily matrixed functionally and organizationally, the need for integrated project management is constantly growing in healthcare.


Approach

Healthcare systems face unique challenges, and they get greater every day. System, facility, and foundation leaders all work tirelessly to improve their hospitals, clinics, care centers, and services to provide the highest level of care to their patients. Motive Power’s history of supporting healthcare leaders at the system, regional, and facility level demonstrates how we can be a powerful partner for healthcare organizations engaged in strategic initiatives, organizational development, or skills development. We say what we do. We do what we say.


Overview

Like their customers in the healthcare community, medical device companies also face a perfect storm of changing regulatory environments, increasing financial pressure, and challenges in providing more and more data on therapy success in the longer term. Each year, medical device companies work to develop new, more effective, and safer therapies to improve the quality of health and lives of patients all over the world. While at the same time, they face ever more intense competition and price pressure.

Motive Power provides support to leaders in medical device organizations to improve their organizations’ overall effectiveness and productivity. Often, medical device companies find themselves struggling with optimizing how product development processes, clinical trials, regulatory engagement efforts, and global marketing programs deliver their products to the market. Motive Power teams land in their clients and quickly come up with programs for improving the organizational effectiveness around program management.


Expertise
Organizational Development

Motive Power partners with its clients to look at their current organization, processes, and tools to develop recommendations and work with the client to implement those recommendations. Unlike many other management consulting firms, Motive Power doesn’t just tell its clients what to do, but stays with them to work in the trenches to make change happen. Motive Power teams have not only worked in R&D organizations to enhance the effectiveness of their efforts, but also with global clinical trials organizations to improve how well their organizations deliver their key products in the overall product development process.

Recently, a Motive Power team worked with a global clinical research organization to address key issues: low staff morale, leadership team challenges, confusing and ambiguous roles, discrepancies in process and tools – resulting in an organization under stress. By implementing standard roles across global trials, a standard process methodology, and a globally-accessible collaboration and information-sharing system, Motive Power assisted this global organization in not only making it more flexible and effective, but also dramatically improving department morale.


Training

We have boosted the project management skillset and expertise of our client’s key management personnel and project team members through focused and tailored training. Whether in a classroom setting or on a one-on-one basis, our made-to-measure training programs fit your organization’s needs. As most medical device companies are heavily matrixed, functionally and organizationally, across the world, the need for integrated project management is constantly growing in medical devices.


Approach

Medical device companies face unique challenges, and they grow greater every day. Motive Power understands those challenges and can help your organization build itself to handle them – today and tomorrow. We look at each organization individually and take the time to really understand what is blocking your teams from optimal performance. If we can help, we will clearly state what and how, and then we will stay to help you make change happen. We say what we do. We do what we say.


Overview

Motive Power’s experience grid reaches across many industries, with the Utility Industry being one of its more tenured partners. For the better part of a decade, Motive Power has collaborated with various utilities throughout California to help them provide more efficient service to their customer base while strengthening their business. From gas distribution to electric transmission to solar energy generation, Motive Power’s diverse portfolio has generated a wide-reaching, powerful, and deep-seated knowledge build.

Our success with the various utility companies arrives through an array of avenues, tailored for each client. Whether it’s the custom implementation of a world-class and industry standard scheduling software, developing necessary processes and procedures to increase an organization’s effectiveness, or facilitating work execution at all levels, our team consistently provides quantifiable and progressive results.


Expertise
Execution

On a current engagement with a large electric transmission organization, our proven performance not only reflects on our ability to produce high performing project managers and analysts, but also our expertise of providing a project manager-analyst pairing that works in concert with one another and excels. At the heart of project management, exists the need to manage scope while controlling schedule and costs. Our project managers manage all three aspects, while our analysts focus and deep dive on cost and schedule. This homegrown team dynamic has been a key denominator in project success. The project manager guides the project team to a goal (replace a circuit breaker and have it operational by December 31, 2015 while not exceeding the $5M budget) and the analyst puts the proper controls in place to shape the path to help the project team achieve the goal.


Project Management

Our project managers regularly manage projects ranging from $750k to $10M; which includes Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) installations to large transformer bank replacements to security upgrades at client facilities. No matter the type of project, our ability to deliver a quality product on-time and within budget remains a constant. Motive Power project managers skillfully navigate varied and distinct organizations and environments to keep their project teams aligned and marching to the same beat of the drum.


Project Controls

Our sweeping project controls experience extends from large-scale capital substation improvement projects to North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) mitigation to smaller maintenance centric projects. This wide variety of projects trickles down to our analysts. Whether it’s managing eight projects valued at $7M each, 20 projects valued at $2M each or 80 projects valued at $150k each, our analysts have successfully managed various types of project portfolios. More specifically, our analysts have provided project controls for substation battery replacements, SCADA installations, security upgrades, circuit breaker replacements, transformer bank replacements, as well as the construction of new substations. Motive Power analysts are well versed in a wide range of software tools: SAP, Microsoft Project, Primavera P6, SharePoint, etc.


Organizational Improvement

Large utilities are the intertwining assemblage of various functional groups and departments. And the connecting of the different groups is often carried out by project management. As project management improves, the health of the organization increases and the groups operate in rhythm. Likewise, the opposite is true. As the functional groups increase their communication, coordination, and collaboration, project management intensifies its effectiveness.

To this end, Motive Power has generated strategic roadmaps consisting of actionable and executable initiatives geared to improve a utility’s organizational health. We have also developed process flows, such as a diagram detailing the proper assignment of a new project to a project team, to increase productivity and enhance work management.


Training

We have boosted the project management skillset and expertise of our client’s key management personnel and project team members through focused and tailored training. Whether in a classroom setting or one-on-one, our made-to-measure training program fits your organization’s needs. As technology improves, specialization has become more widespread. For example, it’s not uncommon for a circuit breaker replacement project team to consist of a dozen different engineers. With the continued increase in specialized fields, the need for integrated project management is constantly growing. And as the demand for project management expands within the utility industry, the importance of the proper use of project management is paramount.


Approach

Utilities operate in regulated environments, and as a result, maintain issues and concerns that differ from their commercial brethren. Motive Power is well in-touch with those areas of need. As an example, since utilities have regulated cash flows, the ability to execute to the planned forecast on a monthly basis and rolling up to yearly targets are vital. To help meet these stringent goals, Motive Power directs a joint operation of proven tactics, such as: the utilization of integrated and schedule driven cost plans; the development and use of practical reporting that provides management with optics to make well-informed decisions; and the of constant promotion of clear communication across departments and project teams.


Overview

Motive Power has demonstrated extensive experience in construction project management, controls and scheduling for nearly a decade. We have worked with our Clients on a varied portfolio of construction projects ranging from small civil construction efforts to multi-million dollar programs. Motive Power’s diverse portfolio of skills, capabilities and experience mean that our staff have proven success on some of the toughest projects and can be there for more in the future.

Our success in construction management comes in many forms. Whether it’s the custom implementation of a world-class and industry standard scheduling software, developing necessary processes and procedures to increase an organization’s effectiveness, or facilitating work execution at all levels, our team consistently provides quantifiable and progressive results in a wide range of construction activities.


Expertise
Execution

On a current engagement with a large electric transmission organization, our proven performance not only reflects on our ability to produce and place high performing project managers and analysts, but also our capability of providing a project manager-analyst pairing that works in concert with one another and excels. At the heart of project management, exists the need to manage scope while controlling schedule and costs. Our project managers manage all three aspects, while our analysts focus and deep dive on cost and schedule. This homegrown team dynamic has been a key denominator in project success. The project manager guides the project team to a goal (replace a circuit breaker and have it operational by December 31, 2015 while not exceeding the $5M budget) and the analyst puts the proper controls in place to shape the path to help the project team achieve the goal.


Project Management

Our project managers regularly manage projects ranging from $750k to $10M; which includes Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) installations to large construction jobs requiring extensive civil construction and very specialized electrical and gas systems builds and maintenance projects. No matter the type of project, our ability to deliver a quality product on-time and within budget remains a constant. Motive Power project managers skillfully navigate varied and distinct organizations and environments to keep their project teams aligned and marching to the same beat of the drum.


Project Controls

Our sweeping project controls experience extends from large-scale capital substation improvement projects to North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) mitigation to smaller maintenance centric projects. This wide variety of projects trickles down to our analysts. Whether it’s managing eight projects valued at $7M each, 20 projects valued at $2M each or 80 projects valued at $150k each, our analysts have successfully managed various types of project portfolios. More specifically, our analysts have provided project controls for civil construction such as site preparation, road construction all the way up to construction of large electrical substations. Motive Power analysts are well versed in a wide range of software tools: Primavera P6, SAP, Microsoft Project, SharePoint, etc.


Organizational Improvement

A great example of our use of project management disciplines to improve program performance comes from the electric utility industry. Large utilities are the intertwining assemblage of various functional groups and departments. And the connecting of the different groups is often carried out by project management. As project management improves, the health of the organization increases and the groups operate in rhythm and as the functional groups increase their communication, coordination, and collaboration, project management intensifies its effectiveness.

To this end, Motive Power has generated strategic roadmaps consisting of actionable and executable initiatives geared to improve a utility’s organizational health. We have also developed process flows, such as a diagram detailing the proper assignment of a new project to a project team, to increase productivity and enhance work management.


Training

We have boosted the project management skillset and expertise of our client’s key management personnel and project team members through focused and tailored training. Whether in a classroom setting or one-on-one, our made-to-measure training program fits your organization’s needs. As technology improves, specialization has become more widespread. For example, it’s not uncommon for a circuit breaker replacement project team to consist of a dozen different engineers. With the continued increase in specialized fields, the need for integrated project management is constantly growing. And as the demand for project management expands within the utility industry, the importance of the proper use of project management is paramount.

Approach

Many large construction projects are subject to regulated oversight, and as a result, maintain issues and concerns that differ from their purely commercial brethren. Motive Power is well in-touch with those areas of need. An example from the utilities industry finds that they have very regulated cash flows, the ability to execute to the planned forecast on a monthly basis and rolling up to yearly targets are vital. To help meet these stringent goals, Motive Power directs a joint operation of proven tactics, such as: the utilization of integrated and schedule driven cost plans; the development and use of practical reporting that provides management with optics to make well-informed decisions; and the of constant promotion of clear communication across departments and project teams.


Overview

Motive Power has deep experience in the Information Technology sector and a proven track record in all aspects of project and program management. Our work ranges from performing program assessments to standing up and running PMOs for global packaged-software deployments, critical system integration programs, and custom software development projects.

Our success stems from our highly experienced team and our ability to focus on the real goal of any project or program—not just on-time and on-budget delivery, but the realization of expected benefits and the planned return on investment.


Expertise
Assessments

Motive Power leverages its patent-pending methodology, the Project and Program Operational Excellence Method (POEM), to assess the overall effectiveness and health of large-scale, mission-critical projects and programs. We assess the systems and tools in use, actual project management practices, and the overall reporting infrastructure and process. Along with the Assessment, Motive Power teams provide a clear set of recommendations on what changes should be implemented to ensure that a transparent picture of the project or program’s health is in place going forwards.

Motive Power prides itself in always being able identify priority items that can be achieved quickly and provide immediate value—even on longer-term engagements.


PMO Development

Whether as a result of an Assessment, or to set up and manage a project or program from the start, or to improve a permanent PMO to manage multiple programs or a portfolio of projects, Motive Power uses its “off the shelf” solution POEM to leverage standard tools and processes that scale according to the size of the program or organization. Motive Power can quickly set up and deploy a PMO infrastructure, including systems and tools, with appropriate training and support to enable our client to continue forward. We can also provide a PMO in an outsourced fashion and provide independent management and measurement.


Project and Program Management

Motive Power has a broad range of resources available to our clients—from seasoned Project and Program Directors, experienced in running complex global multi-million programs as part of an executive team, to Project Analysts who support projects and programs to surface the data need for informed decision-making. Motive Power can provide discrete resources in support of a project or program, or undertake the entire program management function as a service.


Trusted Advisor

Organizations of all sizes often engage consulting companies to help them achieve strategic goals and execute large-scale programs. In such situations, the interests of the consultant may not align with the interests of the organization, especially around reporting program progress and health. Motive Power supports executive teams and program leaders by acting as their trusted advisor in such arrangements. We can independently measure the program and assess its progress, highlighting questions that need asking and supporting the executive team and program leads to hold consulting groups to account.


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