Four Critical Attributes to Consider in a Project Management Outsourcing Partner

In the pharmaceutical industry there are many different types of outsourcing.  There is functional outsourcing (research, development, commercial, regulatory, IT, etc.), outsourcing of roles, (project management, CRAs, chemists, etc.), and outsourcing of projects (drugs, vaccines, clinical trials, initiatives, software, etc.).   To gauge the amount of outsourcing going on these days, consider outsourcing of clinical trials.  In 2008,[…]

How to Be a Great Project Manager And Still Sleep at Night

During a recent call with an end user/client, I heard the all too common phone response, “IT screwed up in the past and I’m really anxious.” And, just like that, as a project manager, I was lumped in with a rich and sordid history of every failed IT project that ever existed in all of[…]

A Clinical Project Manager Takes a Walk in the Woods…with the Clinical Development Team

All drug development programs are not created equal, and rarely are they the same within a single therapeutic area. A project manager on a drug development team needs to optimize the team network available. He also needs to use gained experience since a program can take many paths. As I make my initial assessment of[…]

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Top 5 Reasons Why Your Biotech Needs a Project Manager

If you work at a biotech or small pharmaceutical company, you are under the microscope. You have investors waiting for the next bit of good news to raise confidence in your hard work. Your budget is limited because all funds are being used to accumulate that new data and generate the next press release. Your[…]

Resource Management: To Algorithm or Not to Algorithm?

Demand forecasting—the ability to project demand by role and project—is an important part of resource management. Companies conduct demand forecasting in several ways. Some have project managers enter demand by role for, say, 12 months. Others communicate standards to help drive consistency in how project managers estimate demand. Still, others create demand forecasting algorithms to[…]

Pharma: Not Everyone is a Project Manager But Everyone Manages Projects

The other day, a client asked me to define “project management.” I defined it broadly as the organization and management of work in an effective and useful manner. Based on that definition, I asserted that everyone in the pharmaceutical industry is a project manager. And I suggested that the more important question is not what project management[…]