BioVentures Consulting Limited is used to working in matrix environments, where an understanding of inputs and outputs between departments and external suppliers is an important aspect in understanding and delivering an integrated project plan. Even internal departments act in a suppler/client relationship where one department’s output is another department’s input.
It is only through a full identification of the cross-functional dependencies that the ‘true’ critical path in a global project plan can be obtained
Key activities may be interlinked, and these activities need to be properly managed is the priorities of different projects are to be brought into line in the right place at the right time.
These cross-functional (inter-department) dependencies need to be identified through careful and detailed discussion with the technical experts. It is only through a full identification of the cross-functional dependencies that the ‘true’ critical path in a global project plan can be obtained. Without this consideration, an incorrect critical path may be derived, often without companies being aware of it! This leads to inefficient project resourcing, incorrect prioritisation and project delays compared with original baseline. Establishing cross-functional dependencies is in fact a highly skilled activity since it required a good understanding of all product development disciplines (such as toxicology, clinical pharmacology, clinical trials (including data management and medical writing), CMC and regulatory operations and regulatory publishing). Hence, it is likely that this aspect of global project management will be undertaken directly by Stephen Rees on an interim basis.