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Resources for Project Management in Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology Sector
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Hi all,
For quite some time, I had been searching ProjectManagement.com for good and new (updated) resources (webinars/blogs etc) related to Pharma/Biotech/Life Sciences Sector. I have not been very successful. Can somebody guide me on that?

If there is none, why don't we build a resource area that is so sorely missed?
Any comments?

Thanks,
Rajinder
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It could be a good idea if anyone shares PM experience of his field. It is unfortunate that you have not find any updated resource in Life science sector. It may be useful if you start sharing your blogs. People can get benefit from your experience.
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1 reply by Rajinder Parti
Feb 01, 2016 10:39 PM
Rajinder Parti
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Hi Pankaj and Carrie, thanks for your suggestions. I am seriously thinking of adding some content here. Let us grow and strengthen this community for the better!
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I have experience in that field. But the best is to see that there is a community of practice inside the PMI where you can find a lot. Perhaps there is not much written because when you work on this environments you have to follow standards and one of the standards you have to follow is regarding project management (including the project life cycle). I am not sharing the link to the community because I did not follow it from years.
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1 reply by Rajinder Parti
Feb 01, 2016 10:46 PM
Rajinder Parti
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Thanks Sergio for your comments.
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Thank you for your comments. We are actually in the process of refreshing our practice areas. If you would like to submit content on this area, please feel free to contact me.
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1 reply by Rajinder Parti
Feb 01, 2016 10:44 PM
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Thanks, I can add materials focussing on the management of Life Science/Biotech and Pharmaceutical Projects. Of course, each functional area is unique, but at the end of the day, PM methodologies are common irrespective of the kind of projects you are managing. This makes it so exciting and challenging.
Happy to be "IN" it.
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Jan 30, 2016 1:20 AM
Replying to PANKAJ KUMAR JOSHI
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It could be a good idea if anyone shares PM experience of his field. It is unfortunate that you have not find any updated resource in Life science sector. It may be useful if you start sharing your blogs. People can get benefit from your experience.
Hi Pankaj and Carrie, thanks for your suggestions. I am seriously thinking of adding some content here. Let us grow and strengthen this community for the better!
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1 reply by PANKAJ KUMAR JOSHI
Feb 02, 2016 2:21 AM
PANKAJ KUMAR JOSHI
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We will be enriched with your sharing. It will also increase my knowledge about different profiles.
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Feb 01, 2016 2:52 PM
Replying to Carrie Dunn
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Thank you for your comments. We are actually in the process of refreshing our practice areas. If you would like to submit content on this area, please feel free to contact me.
Thanks, I can add materials focussing on the management of Life Science/Biotech and Pharmaceutical Projects. Of course, each functional area is unique, but at the end of the day, PM methodologies are common irrespective of the kind of projects you are managing. This makes it so exciting and challenging.
Happy to be "IN" it.
Network:321



Jan 30, 2016 8:56 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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I have experience in that field. But the best is to see that there is a community of practice inside the PMI where you can find a lot. Perhaps there is not much written because when you work on this environments you have to follow standards and one of the standards you have to follow is regarding project management (including the project life cycle). I am not sharing the link to the community because I did not follow it from years.
Thanks Sergio for your comments.
Network:7113



Feb 01, 2016 10:39 PM
Replying to Rajinder Parti
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Hi Pankaj and Carrie, thanks for your suggestions. I am seriously thinking of adding some content here. Let us grow and strengthen this community for the better!
We will be enriched with your sharing. It will also increase my knowledge about different profiles.
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Did anyone actually make content available for Life Sciences?
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Hello Rajinder,

It may help if you look within the industry of your specific discipline. For example, I work in clinical research/clinical trials in the biotech/medical device field. I connect with other clinical project managers at clinical research specific conferences and forums. I then try to connect and translate the information I find in the project management knowledge "silo" to the clinical trial knowledge "silo". I'm hoping to build up information to share with others in the PMI pharma/medical device community.

My experience is that knowledge mobilization about project management practice is limited outside of the individual organizations. It's one of the areas I've been researching because it's very contrasting to other practice communities in PMI.
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1 reply by Beverley Rabbitts
Oct 13, 2018 4:48 AM
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Romiya, I find your last comment very interesting. Do you have any ideas why that might be? Surely the secrets of unpublished research, and strategies you don't want to share with competitors, plagues more sectors than just biomedicine - otherwise that was my first knee-jerk reflex thought to why we don't communicate outside our institutions about PM practices. So if not that, what then can be the cause? Are we just more nerdy than everyone else and less prone to networking? I don't think so - I've even danced with other scientists at conference happy hours. Are we embarrassed that we're applying strategic practices instead of following our noses in the research quest like the classic Renaissance scientist might have?...
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Feb 25, 2017 3:05 PM
Replying to Romiya Barry
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Hello Rajinder,

It may help if you look within the industry of your specific discipline. For example, I work in clinical research/clinical trials in the biotech/medical device field. I connect with other clinical project managers at clinical research specific conferences and forums. I then try to connect and translate the information I find in the project management knowledge "silo" to the clinical trial knowledge "silo". I'm hoping to build up information to share with others in the PMI pharma/medical device community.

My experience is that knowledge mobilization about project management practice is limited outside of the individual organizations. It's one of the areas I've been researching because it's very contrasting to other practice communities in PMI.
Romiya, I find your last comment very interesting. Do you have any ideas why that might be? Surely the secrets of unpublished research, and strategies you don't want to share with competitors, plagues more sectors than just biomedicine - otherwise that was my first knee-jerk reflex thought to why we don't communicate outside our institutions about PM practices. So if not that, what then can be the cause? Are we just more nerdy than everyone else and less prone to networking? I don't think so - I've even danced with other scientists at conference happy hours. Are we embarrassed that we're applying strategic practices instead of following our noses in the research quest like the classic Renaissance scientist might have?...
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1 reply by Romiya Barry
Oct 13, 2018 7:52 AM
Romiya Barry
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Hi Beverley,

Unfortunately, I often find it is more the case that processes defined within organizations--such as private sector pharma, biotech, or med device--are kept as internal "proprietary " methods, especially when they are deemed by the company to be major contributors to their product development success. There is limited emphasis, and sometimes restrictions, on publishing by employees of the companies. However, I do find that many project managers are willing to speak at industry conferences about their work as project managers.

Where there is the case of no restrictions, I think there is a belief from some project managers that it is no value to publish. There was a call earlier this year in BMJ's Trials journal openly calling for articles on trial management and research project management because of the dearth of information available.

Another observation I have made in my translational health studies as well as clinical research career is that many colleagues don't consider themselves project managers though they are in fact managing processes. In some cases this is due to a lack of a defined role. In some, it is because they are not fully employing methods according to the PMI standards and the other reason is because they call it something else-- implementation work. For the latter, I find a lot of crossover in project management "science " and implementation science. However, each has its emphasis in different areas.

Overall, it may be less so that scientists are too competitive or too introverted to disseminate their knowledge and more so they don't recognize the value of sharing that knowledge. In limited occasions have I come across biomed PMs that pursue PM knowledge smd practice with intent; so frequent is the "accidental PM".

While I understand the joy of serendipitous research findings and vagabond studies, I strongly hold the belief that scientific pursuits would be much much stronger if strategic practices were applied within the process, as you suggest.
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