The Art of Project Management for Pharma Projects

Managing the technical challenges of pharma and biotech industry projects

This 2-day seminar gives you a practical approach to managing the technical challenges in typical pharmaceutical and biotech industry projects so that you can more effectively deal with the deadlines, resource needs, and technical complexities.

The course focuses on project initiating, planning, executing, controlling, reporting and closing and is based on the five basic functions of project management: Planning, Organizing and Staffing, Directing and Leading, Controlling and Reporting.   

Classic project management tools are presented in a new light through high energy lectures.  Participants then work in teams to design a variety of Work Breakdown Structures, Network Diagrams, Gantt Charts, Budgets and Risk Plans for different project situations. Participants learn simple, effective techniques to measure projectj performance and control and report on project status.

The course references project management processes found in the PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition of the Project Management Institute.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify issues and opportunities related to the CRO
  • Plan, structure and organize a pharmaceutical project
  • Use simple and effective project risk management techniques
  • Organize and staff your project
  • Lead and direct your project team effectively
  • Control project performance
  • Develop reports
  • Learn about best practices from R&D and medical devices projects


The Project Management Method

  • Cross-functional pharmaceutical project teams 
  • Decentralized responsibility and authority 
  • Building commitment and ownership of team members 
  • A project as a way to get work done 
  • Management functions, roles, responsibilities 
  • Effect of national, corporate, and personal cultures/values 
  • What makes clinical trial projects different? 
  • Project and Line Management interfaces 

Exercise: Identifying issues and opportunities related to the CRO

Presentation of best practices for managing critical contract services and CRO's for developing a sense of ownership and commitment among project team members who come to the project with various specialties and functions. 

Exercise: The Assessment Inventory of Project Management and Action Planning Kit™. Participants will use this unique 360 degree evaluation tool to benchmark and improve their project management skills

Project Planning

  • Project tools used to initiate and plan the pharmaceutical project 
  • Sorting out and defining client (and stakeholder) requirements 
  • Value of verifiable project objectives 
  • Task assignments and requests 
  • Statement of Work (SOW) 
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) 
  • Project organization and Linear Responsibility Charts (LRC) 
  • Scheduling the Project work; Gantt, PERT, CPM 
  • Resource requirements and personnel assignment planning 
  • Procurement and contracting methods and practices  
  • The performance baseline, project budget 
  • Presenting the Project Execution Plan 

Workshop: Structuring and organizing a pharmaceutical project:  Participants share their experiences and apply the techniques to project plans and performance baselines for their projects. They evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their approaches based on the information learned in the course.

Project Risk Management

  • Responsibilities of the project leader and project team for risk 
  • International definition of risk terminology, and concepts 
  • Development of a Risk Management Plan for the pharmaceutical project 
  • Techniques to identify risk, evaluate the probability and severity of risk, decide mitigating risk response, consider risk as an advantage, and develop a risk monitoring plan 

Workshop: Risk management: Participants develop an approach to project plan risks using techniques to facilitate group action in identifying, evaluating and planning response actions

Controlling Project Performance

  • Requirements for project control 
  • Control theory applied to people working 
  • Useful project management information system features 
  • Quality performance, schedule and budget control
  • Earned-value methods and activity-based task completion 
  • Control measurement techniques
  • Managing change in project deliverables, time and cost 
  • Six practical project control actions to create project success 

Workshop: The "Fine" Project: Participants apply control concepts to a typical laboratory task.


  • Using reporting systems with team and client communications 
  • How often, and how to create reporting for project progress 
  • Keeping the client informed-project status review principles 
  • How to design the reporting system 
  • Control reports samples

Workshop: Creating a Management Reporting System for Project Control: Participants are grouped into teams to develop what they believe, based on the principles of practical project control, to be the appropriate reporting methods, formats and information required to best control pharmaceutical, clinical, R&D and medical devices projects

Project Closing

Facilitation of closure

Professional Responsibility

Exercise: Matching the Project Management Methodology techniques learnt to the issues and problems identified earlier in the course

Develop an Action Plan


Course Code -
Department Vocational Training
Instructor Dr. Mary Danone, PMP
Instruction Languages EN
Level Intermediate
Prerequisites Basic project management knowledge is recommended.
Who should attend project managers, project leaders, team members and senior executives involved in the planning and executing of pharma projects
Certificate of AttendanceYes
Certification Track PMP, IPMA
Continuing Education Credits 16 PDUs
Offered OnlineNo


Days and Hours Start Date End Date Hours per Week
Mon-Tue, 9.00-17.00 28/02/2011 01/03/2011 16
Last Update At: 2014/02/04 - 09:10:30


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Quality Standards

ISO 9001:2008 Certified


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Where to find us

Massalias 22, (7th floor)
10680 Athens
Business Programs: 2103680907, 2103680927
Fax: 2103633174




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