Tag Archives: Project Management

3 Simple Tips to Better Project Management

Have you ever worked on a project where the due date was given to you at the start of the project? I've had plenty. Have you ever been assigned a task and told when it needs to be done? Yes, this has happened to me too. Sometimes I'm told the task needs to be done right away. Other times, though, the assigner doesn't provide a due date. You see a lot of people are practicing project management without the discipline, experience, knowledge, etc. of project management. Because of this, I thought I would share 3 simple tips for better project management. These tips can apply whether you are the project manager assigning the tasks or are the recipient of an assigned task.
  1. Project tasks are a negotiation. Yes, I know your boss told you when...

Lack Of Planning On Your Part

Should not constitute an emergency on my part. I'm guessing you have heard this saying a time or two as well. But based on the actions of a couple of our clients, I'm guessing this saying has little meaning. Let me share a brief example. A medical device company has several products on the market in the U.S. and many other parts of the world. They are actively pursuing getting their products cleared all across the world. The company relies on distributors in the specific countries to take care of getting products registered. The company has no in-house regulatory or quality resources and has relied on us to serve in this capacity as a very part-time basis. And when I say very part-time basis, I mean that we help with regulatory issues somewhat after the fact. Let...

Medical Device Project Updates Buried in Emails

How many email messages do you get a day? I'm guessing your inbox is probably very similar to mine. I'm also guessing there is a very good chance that you have multiple email addresses. Are you good about email management? I used to think I was very good about this. However, the volume of emails these days is just crazy. I could literally spend the next few days just getting caught up on emails. And I would totally make the current situation worse. Because how would I improve my current email backup? Likely respond with a follow up email message. Ugh. What's worse than death by email? It's getting updates on medical device projects via email. I try to flag, sort, and organize messages by project--and thankfully I have a ton of help with this...

Product Development Wastes Time

The content of this post is geared towards product development, regardless of industry. Note, however, nearly all of my product development experience is in the medical device industry. Every product development project has a ton of wasted time! Do you agree? Time spent going to meetings. Time spent going through emails. Time spent trying to collaborate with other team members on important project documents. I could peel back more layers of product development to find more areas where there is product development wasted time. But, if you just look at the time spent in meetings, going through emails, and updating documents, I suspect you could "find" quite a bit of time that you have lost. Think back for a moment to a recent product development project. How efficient was the team? How efficient were you? Are there a...