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[…]

Clinical Operations Process Improvement (Part II The Ultimate Metric)

There has been a big push recently to execute on more and more improvement projects.  This is thanks in part to the application of lean sigma for clinical operations. But, the financial benefits of an improvement project are not easy to figure out. For example, many such projects, and the metrics surrounding them, revolve around cycle-time[…]

Inside Investigator Meetings (Part 4 – The Root of the Matter)

Regardless of how one looks at the current state of investigator meetings, there is no question there is room for improvement. Like any improvement initiative, the first question the sponsor needs to ask is, “How does this benefit the bottom line?” The value of an investigator meeting needs to be properly defined and evaluated. Any subsequent[…]

Inside Investigator Meetings (Part 3 – The Survey)

In previous blogs, I mentioned issues mentioned with regards to collecting feedback via surveys. However, I was able to collect a significant amount of data from attendees at various investigator meetings (21 in total, all Phase III studies). I used two different sets of standardized surveys throughout: internal (sponsor focused) and external (site focused). At the end of[…]

Inside Investigator Meetings (Part 2 – The Bad)

As mentioned in Part 1 of this blog series, 78% of respondents in the CenterWatch Monthly survey rated the overall usefulness of investigator meetings as “Good” or “Excellent.” But how does one define usefulness? To whom is the meeting useful and for what reason? According to one of the respondents, “The networking is, frankly, the only[…]

Inside Investigator Meetings (Part 1 – The Good)

Nowadays, conducting a clinical study is more complicated than ever. Clinical studies have more complex protocols, new technologies, and increased regulatory scrutiny. It has made study execution more challenging. Regardless of the rise in difficulty, what matters is that a sponsor collects good, clean data that reflect how well its drug works. This increased difficulty raises[…]