Autumn 2007
ACDM Project Management Special Interest Group
This very active SIG was started in October 2002 and although we have had many members since then, the attendance for each meeting has always been good. The participants in the group are a good mixture of pharma and CRO, both experienced and new to the industry.
The meetings are held approximately every 3 months at members’ locations, including previous meetings at Pfizer, Wyeth, CMed, I3 Statprobe, Parexel, Covance, CRC, Johnson and Johnson, Quintiles and GSK.

The main focus of the group is to identify and discuss Project Management (PM) tasks within Data Management (DM) processes with a view to providing easily adaptable, generic deliverables which can be used in most DM working environments. The sessions are highly interactive with contributions from all participants, the more experienced members of the group providing insight and real experiences to the members who have not had as much exposure to the topic under discussion. I can honestly say I have never come away from a meeting without learning something, which isn’t bad after almost 20 years in data management and medical research.

To achieve this goal, a topic is chosen which is of interest to the group. Upcoming topics for discussion are decided during the meeting, so everyone has a chance to propose what would interest them. Lively discussion around the topic is collated into either a list of recommendations or some other deliverable, the intention being to produce a series of useful documents, with guidelines, to help new Project Managers in a DM environment. The documents are put onto the ACDM website so all members can access them.

The main focus of the group is to identify and discuss Project Management (PM) tasks within Data Management (DM) processes with a view to providing easily adaptable, generic deliverables which can be used in most DM working environments.

Topics covered so far have been the skills set required for project management, resource management, key challenges, project planning, risk analysis and the differences in paper and EDC studies which included discussion on metrics.
Future topics will be offshoring, remote team management and global management, all key topics within the industry at this time. To publicise the PM SIG, the group designed and produced a competition which invited delegates at the recent ACDM conference to review part of our latest deliverable, a comparative flow of study tasks in a clinical trial conducted on paper versus EDC. The competition was designed as a jigsaw which attempted to fit together all the skills required by a project manager working in a DM environment. One piece of the jigsaw was missing and delegates were invited to guess the missing piece, which was “Project Management”. The competition was won by Jane Knight at Roche and the prize was a globe-shaped jigsaw.

If you are interested in joining the SIG or just hearing more about our activities, please contact Andrew Green at andrew.o.green@pfizer.com who will be able to provide you with information on our next meeting.

Vicky Wiggins
PRA International
wigginsvictoria@praint1.com