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Complexity of Project Management in Drug Development with Paul Long

Episode Summary

Paul Long is a Project Management Consultant at Design Space InPharmatics. Paul has supervised government regulatory pharmaceutical industries for over twenty years and has a wealth of business knowledge. He knows how to build and lead high-performing, cross-functional teams, how to prioritize, and the importance of meeting budgets and targets. In this episode, Paul, Ed, Meranda, and Brian discuss the benefits and challenges of virtual project management during the COVID-19 pandemic, integral project management tools, and how project management fits into drug development and the overall CMC space.

What We Covered

  • 00:55 – Ed, Brian and Meranda welcome to the show Paul Long who shares his well-rounded background as a project management consultant and speaks to some of the benefits and challenges of virtual project management
  • 17:09 – How Paul manages working with clients virtually
  • 19:08 – Tools Paul integrates in his project management process
  • 21:17 – Paul provides examples of how project management fits into drug development
  • 24:52 – Paul shares some project management tools that he utilizes, including the GanttChart
  • 29:35 – Paul makes a final case as to why project management is important
  • 33:41 – Paul differentiates between a project coordinator and a project manager
  • 34:28 – Ed, Brian and Meranda thank Paul for joining the show

Tweetable Quotes

We’re fairly comfortable with the virtual environment that allows us to be flexible in who we staff. That’s a plus. It allows us to be flexible in our time when there is a global project. That flexibility has always been there at… Click To Tweet It’s similar to managing the communication prior to the COVID environment. You have to establish how the person wishes to communicate, what level they wish to communicate on. So, when I meet a client, I ask them these questions… Click To Tweet I have to integrate our team and the client’s needs into a common goal and make sure we’re meeting that. Click To Tweet The challenges haven’t changed with COVID, but our work environment has. Click To Tweet Again it comes down to communication, transparency and open discussion. And that’s one of the things I try to drive as a project manager. Click To Tweet Keeping the communication up avoids risk. We don’t want surprises, unless they’re good. Click To Tweet

Links Mentioned

Design Space InPharmatics – LinkedIn

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Edward Narke on LinkedIn

Brian Lihou on LinkedIn

Meranda Parascandola on LinkedIn

Paul Long on LinkedIn