This interactive course deals with the management of Research and Development projects, which require some differences in approach to conventional project management.
Research and development (R&D) work is hard to predict. R&D teams must operate strategically in the organisation, becoming a key driver of business success and no longer can a good R&D manager rely only on technical expertise.
The drive for growth, the search for new ideas and new ways of doing things and increasing competitive pressures has transformed the R&D function into one of primary strategic importance.
R&D management throws up specific challenges for the Professional Engineer or Science leader. Managing the uncertainties of R&D projects is a central theme of this course, which aims to present relevant project management techniques adapted to the research environment.
Verified by an engineer, Laurence Newman
"I know where I'm going a bit more now, rather than feeling a little bit lost as you sometimes can when projects aren't going your way."
Who should attend?
This programme is especially suitable for anyone involved in R&D work who wants an introduction to project management in the R&D context.
How will I benefit?
After the course you will be able to:
- Build a sound process for setting up and managing R&D projects.
- Establish project objectives and key success criteria.
- Clarify the scope of work required to meet project objectives.
- Ensure resources for R&D projects are properly identified, justified and costed.
- Ensure project responsibilities and accountabilities are defined and allocated.
- Plan and schedule the activities needed to carry out a project.
- Track, manage and report project performance.
- Know when and how to wrap up a project.
- Manage relationships and information flows – Stakeholder management.
- Provide a foundation for further personal development after the course.