This program is designed specifically to provide scientists working in life science organizations with the essential tools they need to lead small projects efficiently and effectively. This interactive program focuses on the critical areas required in order to be successful:

  • Fundamental “task” skills, such as managing scope, schedules, resources, and risks (One-Day Program Bootcamp)
  • Key “people” skills, including engaging stakeholders, motivation, and “influencing without authority” (Supplemental additional half-day option)

Participants will learn about the most common mistakes made in project management, and how to avoid them. They will gain the ability to initiate, plan, and execute projects that align with company objectives and meet critical deadlines. Participants will also develop an understanding of essential terminology and apply basic project management tools and techniques to increase their effectiveness. Upon successful completion of this program, scientists will be able to apply basic project management skills, concepts, and techniques to manage small projects within their organizations..     

Learning Objectives 

  • Gain facility with basic program management concepts and terminology
  • Recognize most common project management mistakes, and how to avoid them
  • Techniques to identify, analyze, and manage stakeholders
  • Skills to define and communicate project expectations
  • Ways to successfully initiate projects and manage scope
  • Tools to evaluate and mitigate risks
  • Approaches to managing time and schedules and keeping to deadlines
  • Ability to motivate and influence key stakeholders

Topics Covered 

  • Project elements, definitions and life cycles

  • Most common reasons for project failure and how to avoid them

  • Formulating a project charter, clarifying project scope, and defining the business case

  • Identifying and analyzing stakeholders

  • Best practices to kick-off projects

  • Tools to monitor and track progress

  • Developing a communication plan, and conducting time and resource estimations

  • Anticipating issues through risk assessments


This one-day program focuses on providing practical tools that can be implemented in the work place. The format is highly interactive, and includes small-group discussions, analysis of case studies, role-playing exercises, and opportunities to gain perspective from and share best practices with other attendees. Attendees in this program will gain practice identifying stakeholders, evaluating risk, and developing a strategy for influencing others.

Who Should Attend

  • Managers of small projects in biotech, pharma and technology companies 

  • Individuals responsible for the success of collaborations

  • Anyone in an academic or professional environment who feels they would benefit from being stretched in a challenging but safe environment to develop their skills in managing projects 

Seminar leaders

Gwen Acton, PhD, is the CEO of Vivo Group.  She holds a doctorate in biology from MIT, and specializes in developing leadership and management skills of scientists and engineers.

Benefits to the Organization

  • Better outcomes and success of projects
  • Higher levels of productivity with existing resources
  • Improved on-time performance
  • Greater alignment with strategic objectives
  • Increased engagement of project participants
  • More positive relationships with stakeholders 

Workshop Takeaway Materials   

  • Hard-copy ‘Participant Workbook’ containing tips and tools for managing projects

  • Tip sheet with reminders and strategies for use throughout the feedback process

  • Template worksheets for planning and executing successful projects (hard-copy and electronic)

  • Recommended reading and resources guide  


 Bridging Science and Business

Vivo Group