It's our second time we attend the conference. When listening to the many interesting presentations, we see a clear maturity leap since last year. It looks like resource planning for knowledge workers is approaching the main stream.
When project managers shout that they want to freeze a project plan in times of high dynamics, it's a completely logical reaction, isn't it? Or is bending the plan a better word to foster a committed organization?
In a complex and dynamic lab, the scheduling process may consume 2 to 3 hours daily from each supervisor if done correctly. What if Binocs could reduce the time spent on on-going schedule changes by more than 80% so you can spend it on what truly matters?
One of the tricks used by the screenplay writers of the 1960s Star Trek TV series to show that Mr. Spock was an intellectual badass was to have him make calculations to a ridiculous degree of accuracy. This ludicrous precision made Mr. Spock legendary, but we doubt he would make a good planner.
TayganPoint and Bluecrux organized a round table discussion on resource management in Regulatory Affairs departments. RA experts from Merck (MSD), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson and Covance gathered around the topic that was introduced by Apostolos Mamakis and Pierre Roussel from GSK Vaccines.
With Frederik Jaenen and Daniel Urjais joining us and the ‘blue binocs owl’ spreading its wings to the US, the Binocs team is in the fast lane for 2017. And we also have some great new innovative ideas that are sure to fly high.
Although it’s pretty common for software applications nowadays, new website visitors that are exploring the potential of Binocs don’t have the possibility to log into an empty Binocs environment and just play around. The reason why is best explained with a little story about a 2 year old frustrated with her drawings.
A big part of change management in a project concerns overcoming resistance to the "new way of working". Typically change management aware project teams take a 3 step approach. So they know what to work on to get buy in, right? Or not?
PMOs tend to team up with the project managers and see the senior managers and sponsors as their main stakeholders. But this little 2nd leg under the P includes that the resource managers need to be recognized as another major stakeholder. Functional teams are the delivery engines of the project portfolio and in many cases they don't get the visibility they need to keep their engines running efficiently. The PMO needs to facilitate and organize this.
I recently stumbled upon a very interesting blog by Vilmos Rajda. He was a believer of the magic bullet project portfolio management sales people promised it to be. But after years of experience he came out a little disillusioned.
So much of the software innovation has been confined to our personal lives. Consumers have organically adopted apps that are simple, elegant, and effortless. However, the tools we use at work most often neglect the needs of the end users. We are convinced it should be different.
Through casual conversations with customers and watching users interact with Binocs, one thing became very clear recently: We could make major improvements on the way users add extra (user configurable) information to Binocs objects.
Decide as late as possible and keep your options open. When you read it, it’s obvious. But when we coach team leaders on planning their workforce, we see they tend to assign all tasks to individual team members and firm them right away, even if these tasks are only due on the mid or long term.
Binocs goes US. We'll be presenting and sharing experiences at the Annual Strategic Resource Management conference in Philadelphia. The event attracts over 100 senior R&D executives sharing best practices and new ideas on how to enhance R&D productivity, forecasting and planning.
We have to admit, spreadsheets are a killer app. They allow a business to setup things fast and it’s extremely flexible. But at a point in time spreadsheets might mutate into unrelenting monsters that become uncontrolled, produce errors and eat a massive amount of working hours. I've put it in a business case, and -yes- it's a spreadhseet as well ;)
The primary objective of the people who buy enterprise software is good actionable output. App developers know this and seduce buyers with the most fancy graphs, KPI dashboards and reports. Showing compelling output for a small demo environment is the easy part. Making sure the the input is solid and up to date once it’s live in a multinational enterprise with hundreds of users is a whole different ballgame.
Pharmaceutical products need to be analyzed fast, accurately and timely before they are released and distributed to the commercial marketplace (=release testing). Timely is the key word. Binocs can help.
How lean is your QC lab? Can you easily cope with today’s complexity and volatile demand? More and more QC labs are being asked to constantly increase analyst and asset utilization, improve first-right-time and decrease lead times. With a resource planning tool, you create optimal flow of the QC lab activities.
Regulatory submissions in life science industries are the most critical milestones in a new product development process and the further product lifecycle. A solid submission process can accelerate time to market, bring the benefit of new treatments to patients sooner, maximize research investments, and conserve patent life.
R&D resource planning seeks to answer the basic question: "What capabilities will we need in the future, and how will we get them?” The specialized nature of knowledge involved and the length of time it takes to develop required skills makes R&D Workforce capacity planning particularly challenging. Binocs helps to align the capacity of scientists and engineers with the demand to perform projects and to come up with new ideas."
Today, Quality Control labs have to be lean labs. While coping with complexity and volatile demand, QC labs are constantly asked to increase analyst and asset utilization, improve right-first-time and decrease lead times. Binocs resource planning helps to create an optimal flow of QC lab activities by constantly balancing demand and human resource capacity.