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:
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..
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
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
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
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