The opinions on resource and portfolio management are so diverse, and it’s been this way for years, if not decades. The opinions range from resource management geeks who use every term in the book from attrition to forecasting to algorithms to my favorite fungible resources. Makes it sound like our resources are mushrooms…a fungus. There […]
Are you a functional manager or department head who is struggling to keep straight what your people are doing, who has free time, and who’s overworked? Or are you trying to make sure that all your projects have the proper coverage necessary to get everything done on time, so you don’t get an unpleasant visit […]
Twenty years ago, I worked for a top 10 pharmaceutical company implementing an enterprise project management tool to help a resource forecasting and capacity managment across R&D. At that time, pharma executives and managers were being asked to not only focus on the science but also to “run R&D like a business”. Back then we […]
Pharmaceutical and R&D businesses are driven by projects. Some are clinical trials or drug programs, while others are more operational in nature (such as process improvement). Regardless, managing resource demand to ensure proper staffing for these projects is crucial. Without the ability to project resource demands and manage gaps in capacity, companies risk making poor […]
In the pharma industry, we see the same problem over and over again. That problem is massive amounts of data, stored in different formats and locations, which people are unaware exists. A great first step to solving these data problems is using document libraries in SharePoint with metadata fields to store documents/files. Identifying and tagging […]
Are you a clinical project manager and still using static visuals when interactive data visualization is available for clinical trial data? What is data visualization? I’m glad you asked. Data visualization is the presentation of information in a graphical form such that you can glean insights or make decisions. It helps one communicate information effectively, […]
Sometimes it is hard to understand how pharmaceutical companies make hiring decisions. There is no doubt that hiring decisions in the pharma world are complex and risky. Still, after helping a countless number of pharmaceutical companies over the last 25 years, sometimes I still just don’t get it. We all know that hiring decisions are […]
Capacity planning, demand forecasting, portfolio reviews, prioritization processes, budgeting processes, etc. are all vital to a biotech and pharma business. Tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of dollars are on the line when making decisions about people, projects, programs, therapeutic areas, and acquisitions.