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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[…]

Regulatory Project Management: Landscape Analysis & Solutions

No one can deny the importance of Project Management and the value it brings to drug development.  The pharmaceutical industry has invested heavily in this skill set, establishing project management centers of excellence and funding certifications and training for their employees. As we all know, shaving just days off the development timeline can equate to[…]

5 Tips for Effective Portfolio Management

Imagine that you are Indiana Jones. A series of ancient doors lie before you. Behind one – unimaginable success, profitability, and reward. Behind the others – defeat, loss and failure. You have but a single key and too many possible doors – which to choose? Does this sound like your organization? This is the constant[…]

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[…]

Laying the Foundation for Pharma Pipeline Decisions

It is well known that the days of Pharma thriving on blockbuster drugs are long gone. The drug development process is lengthy – currently spanning 15 years. And drugs on the market are coming off patent with few drugs to replace the significant revenue loss. As a result, measures to cut costs or just control[…]

Resource Management: Less Complex Algorithms – More Meaningful Insights Part II

In part one of this blog, I told you how tired our client was of talking about algorithms. The frustration stemmed from the fact that algorithms should perfectly predict resource needs. But difficulty pinpointing the correct factor or two, office politics, and using overly complex algorithms get in the way of accurate predictions. Our client was much[…]

Resource Management: Less Complex Algorithms – More Meaningful Insights Part I

I had coffee with one of our resource capacity planning clients last Tuesday. He candidly admitted to me that he was sick of talking about algorithms.  I immediately understood his frustration and agreed.  Let me explain why. You’d likely agree with me if I said efficiency is important when it comes to process design and customer-focused[…]

Doing More with Less: Effective Resource Portfolio Management

Today, many companies are trying to do more work with fewer resources.  This strategy allows businesses to be sustainable. It also offers the opportunity for them to be lean, flexible and dynamic. A key component in this strategy is resource portfolio management. Many companies are managing their resources to reduce the size of their organization.[…]

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[…]