Real World Project Management – A perspective from the life sciences industry

Life Science SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) have their own particular slant on the challenges and solutions for Project Management. Many of the SMEs combine CRO (Contract Research Organisation) style services for external clients, with cutting-edge internal research.

Many of those working in these organisations have had to adapt from academia to business, and to a matrix environment where project management is learnt on the go.

[Challenges include: shifting goals and scope; internally imposed constraints; competition for resources; the ambiguity of research outcomes; external stakeholders’ differing communication styles; limited project management expertise; conflicting demands on time and attention.]

About Elisabeth Goodman:
Elisabeth is the Owner and Principal Consultant of RiverRhee Consulting (, which specialises in “creating exceptional managers and teams” with a focus on the Life Sciences. (RiverRhee uses training, facilitation, coaching, mentoring and consulting in its work with clients.)

Elisabeth has 25 years’ experience in Pharmaceutical R&D, where she was a line manager in Information and Library Management, and an internal trainer and consultant supporting global business change programmes.

Elisabeth is an experienced and certified practitioner in change management, Lean Six Sigma, MBTI, Belbin, NLP (NeuroLinguistic Programming) and an expert in knowledge management. She is a member of CILIP and of the APM where she was a founding committee member of the Enabling Change SIG.

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