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Frequently Asked Questions

We’re constantly evolving and working with new clients to help businesses that care, to deliver change that matters. Some of the questions we get asked are answered below…

General FAQs

Are you a consultancy?

We’re actually a professional services network, underpinned by a rapidly evolving dual sided platform. So in reality a hybrid of a highly adaptive network model and the consulting firms like PwC, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, etc, (without their rates).

What this means is we provide professional services to our clients via a network of independent specialists and entrepreneurial microfirms, but we come together to work as one, holding central accountability for our work.

One of the key differentiators with HiveMind is that we take accountability and responsibility for the quality of services that we deliver. Most of our clients think of us as a consulting firm, but with the power, flexibility and diversity of a network.

What type of experts do you have in the network?

We’re a diverse and highly experienced community.

When we started out our initial members had strong IT backgrounds, however since then we have actively sought to broaden the skill base to reflect the fact that modern business solutions require a diverse range of skills. So today we’ve people and firms with marketing, information technology, finance, HR, operations, sales, procurement, design, manufacturing, data science and analytics in the community who’ve served almost every sector.

Do you only work with larger organisations?

With regard to end clients, to be honest, we mostly do work with larger organisations although we also work with well funded startups too. Our typical client base are in the mid to very large enterprise space.

Money FAQs

You state that you're more affordable than your competitors. By how much?

Our competitors, mostly being management consulting firms and system integrators, typically cost anything between 35% to 70% more than our rates on the same or better work.

Quality FAQs

How do you ensure consistency and quality of service?

There are three ways in which we ensure quality and consistency;

  1. We operate Communities of Excellence where HiveMind members can share insight, expertise and non-commercially sensitive collateral to help maintain best practice approaches across the community.
  2. We adopt and adapt open framework models wherever they exist.
  3. We operate a client and peer feedback model called “HiveRank” which means each and every member undertaking work for HiveMind is scored. HiveRank covers skill based capability and performance as well as values based behaviour. Members falling below an agreed level are ultimately removed from the community.

What governance do you put in place to ensure the quality of the engagement?

The governance models we use are related to the different engagement models available to our clients, these are;

Subscription Models: For our trusted advisor and non-exec style engagements the client is able to choose from a number of subscription models. The Executive Partner responsible for delivering the service then works with their client typically around a day or two a month. On a quarterly basis the regional commercial director will undertake a formal review in conjunction with the client, ensuring they are receiving the value they expect. The commercial director is empowered change the Executive Partner if the service being delivered is not meeting expectations.

Consulting Engagement: Two key roles exist to ensure our consulting engagements deliver to the quality expected. The Client Delivery Partner (CDP) and the Regional Commercial Director (RCD). The CDP is accountable for the quality of delivery, any/all consultants working on the engagement deliverables and review of key artefacts and delivery to budget and timescales. The RCD is responsible for commercial negotiations and managing any issues the client has around the CDP. Formal meeting schedules are agreed as part of consulting proposals.

Coaching & Mentoring Engagements: Effectively same approach as for subscription service.

Outcome Delivery Engagement: Effectively same approach as for consulting engagements.

Why HiveMind Exists

The needs of large businesses and those that work within them have changed more in the last 15 years than in the preceding 100 years. Traditional consulting models are no longer able to provide both their experts and their clients with what they both need to succeed; business value, job satisfaction, personal fulfilment and the flexibility expected in the 2020's.

What is HiveMind

HiveMind is an on-demand business and technology consulting network, bringing together clients and outstanding experts who share a passion and drive to make sustainable, positive change. HiveMind provides all of the benefits of independent working, combined with all of the benefits and security of being part of something broader, deeper and geographically diverse.

How we do it

We bring together the very best independent and entrepreneurial specialists in the fields of business, technology and design; supported by a business model and enabling platform which helps grow and amplify our abilities. Adding a frictionless and revolutionary engagement model, we make doing business with us easy and enjoyable.

Our clients access our capabilities to deliver outcomes by simply drawing on shared focus, multi-disciplinary teams as and when they need to.