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Successful Technical & Business Implementation of Enterprise Project & Portfolio Management

PeerSpot user
Consultant at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
2500 people affected
15 people managed
30 month project

Project Description

Successful implementation of an entreprise project & portfolio management platform in a leading pharma R&D matrix organisation. 

Definition of business requirements, vendor selection, system design and platform implementation across R&D (own scope) & Manufacturing projects. The platform covers the whole cycle of project management, incl. charter & scope definition, stage gate approval, scheduling incl. resource & cost scheduling, a periodic project review feature and a sleek reporting platform. Integration of time-tracking for project managers across the organisation.

Nice integration with existing ERP (SAP) system, building on the respective strengths of both systems and creating complementary, non competing features.

In short, a very powerful set-up for medium to large matrix organisations in need of flexible solutions to manage their portfolios of projects, and assign their limited resources in an efficient, non pet-project approach.

Lessons Learned

- make sure to retain Senior Management support along the way, and a strong link with Portfolio Management. Change management, again and again. And again.

- develop early on a powerful reporting solution - the solution is nothing unless you can easily extract and use the available data

- work harder on getting Financial Controlling onboard, so that the full potential of the platform truly benefits the organisation

- I would do it again - definitely a fantastic project and a very nice team achievement!


Management had to be convinced
Steep learning curve
Large no. of people impacted

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