Project Management COP E-Letters

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E-Letters are topic-specific, electronic newsletters published four times per year by ISPE's global Communities of Practice (COPs). The content for E-Letters is submitted by professionals working in the pharmaceutical industry and is a resource by which to share best practices, regulatory news, technical articles and innovative solutions to real world problems.

January 2012

New Guide Addresses Unique Aspects of Project Management in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Sold out at ISPE’s 2011 Annual Meeting in November, the ISPE Good Practice Guide: Project Management for the Pharmaceutical Industry addresses the unique challenges and opportunities of Project Management within the pharmaceutical industry. Developed by ISPE’s Project Management Community of Practice (PM COP), it’s the industry’s first collation of best practices to: aid successful completion of a pharmaceutical project, manage risks common to pharmaceutical projects, and develop a common language across the pharmaceutical Project Management community. More.

PM COP Offers Speakers and Content for Your Chapter/Affiliate Meeting
If your ISPE Chapter or Affiliate is interested in the PM COP providing a speaker and/or Project Management content for one of your Chapter/Affiliate meetings in 2012, please contact Dave Koncak, PM COP Special Projects Coordinator, at or +1-402-441-2390.

Coming Soon: Live Address on “State of the Project Management COP”
A “State of the Project Management COP” Address via Microsoft Office Live Meeting is being planned for sometime in January/February. The topics presented will be an overview of the PM Track presentations delivered at the ISPE 2011 Annual Meeting, an overview of the ISPE Good Practice Guide: Project Management for the Pharmaceutical Industry release, 2012 Business Goals for the PM COP, and enhancements to PM COP Steering Committee, Liaisons, and Task Teams. Check the PM COP website regularly for details.


January 2009

Creating a Collaborative Conflict Management Culture – Updated
The essay, “Creating a Collaborative Conflict Management Culture in Project Management,” by Leo Hura, has been updated. The objective of the essay and its vignettes are to: promote a collaborative problem solving environment; build conflict resolution skills; and suggest how to apply conflict resolution skills in your work setting. Read more ( 154 KB) .

PM Education and COP Event at Annual Meeting a Success – NASCAR Theme a Winner
Keith Gibbs and Dave Koncak of the ISPE Project Management Community of Practice (COP) recap the well-attended NASCAR themed educational program and event held at the 2008 Annual Meeting. Read more ( 121 KB) .

FMI-CMMA Survey of Owners – Managing Capital Project Risk
FMI, management consultants and investment bankers to the construction industry, and the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) released their Ninth Annual Survey of Owners, “Beyond the Bell Curve: A Report on Managing Capital Project Risk.” The report surveys, analyzes, and summarizes trends and concerns of business owners in the construction industry, serving as a bellwether of construction industry and trends. Read more ( 666 KB) .

Award-Winning Project Execution
In a Pharmaceutical Engineering Supplement, F. Hoffman La Roche AG, the 2008 Facility of the Year Category Winner in Project Execution, reveals their “ultra fast track” project execution strategy for “Biologics IV” in Penzburg, Germany, that resulted in a large, technically complex project ahead of schedule, under budget, and to the complete satisfaction of the user. Read more ( 20 MB) .

November/December Issue of Pharmaceutical Engineering Focuses on Decontamination/Containment/Sterilization
The November/December 2008 issue of Pharmaceutical Engineering magazine focuses on Decontamination, Containment, and Sterilization. The issue includes articles on sterilization technology, decontamination cleaning validation, and performance verification. Read more.

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