Translational Science and Its Effects on Organizational Structure and Program Management


A multimethod study was conducted involving academic medical center research. Project management processes were among the top critical factors found for scientific teams, but project management tools were not well utilized and not equally implemented at all stages of the project management life cycle. Pilot study survey results indicate high agreement with previous studies involving project management success factors, with the following leadership qualities ranked most important: innovation, gathering information, and managing team commitments. In addition, the most frequently used project management tools by scientific teams were brainstorming, analogous estimates, focus groups, bottom-up estimation, flow charting, account charting, and performance reporting, along with best practices and lessons learned.

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