Question: One of my team members told me yesterday that PMI is introducing a whole new series of certifications and moving to a more agile approach. How will my PMP® certification that I worked so hard to earn fit into this process? He said it is called DA, so I don’t really understand what this is about and what it will mean to me. Should I be learning this new approach?
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What areas of the pharmaceutical industry related to clinical trials can benefit the most from adopting an agile approach, which is based on lean, no-waste process management? More importantly, after you have figured out where you want to apply agile, how can you make sure it gets adopted across the organization?
Question: Last week, I was told that there will now be a business analyst (BA) working with my project team. To be honest, we have all the roles filled. Why are we being assigned yet another person to deal with? Isn’t it enough that they also want us to work with a second team to produce the tangible portions of this project, while we do the software and other soft deliverables? Can I refuse to accept this person into the group?
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