Clinical project management is a logical and often desirable1 career progression for those in CRA roles. While the exact path from CRA to project manager (PM) varies from company to company and person to person, the first step for the budding PM usually involves education. For most, this training comes in the form of a project management course or seminar.
To paraphrase the Prussian field marshal Helmuth Von Moltke, no battle plan survives first contact with the enemy. How many of us graduated from the finest project management seminars and online courses, have plunged into the thick of a clinical trial, only to feel discouraged when course content doesn’t quite match up to the realities of daily project management?
Years of experience have taught us that this training is vital but not quite comprehensive—there are a few important lessons that are difficult to capture in classes and seminars.