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[…]

Improving the Sponsor-CRO Relationship through Collaboration Portals

On any given day we see the announcement of a new strategic partnership or global alliance. Outsourcing to CROs is no longer big news. However, there is plenty of buzz over how these partnerships are performing.  With the mounting pressure for innovation and efficiency, sponsors need CROs more than ever in order to survive. Yet[…]

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[…]

SOP Training for Clinical Research – Can it be Fun?

The mere mention of SOP training can make even the veterans among us shudder. But does it really have to be this way?  Does compliance training really differ from any other training?  Shouldn’t we apply the same principles of instructional design?  Does it always have to be the dull, boring, uninteresting, and monotonous “check here[…]