I have a close relative living with multiple sclerosis (MS). This person is strong and resolute in confronting this ailment with equal measure. It so happens that a medicine used in the individual’s treatment plan is manufactured by the biotech company where I work as a Project Manager. It’s heartwarming knowing projects I manage support the company’s commitment to develop medicine aimed at improving the quality of life for loved ones living with this illness.
Biopharmaceutical companies plan and execute several types of projects – all of which support of an organization’s goals. Some projects are directed at developing new drugs; many projects are undertaken to increase market share for existing products; while other projects target ongoing operations. As an example, I recently worked with an amazing team to deliver a 17-month enterprise-wide software upgrade project with great success.
While project management as a science (and perhaps project management as an art too) may at times be routine, the PASSION must be endlessly strengthened by the conviction that many scientists depend on successful projects to realize their important work. Moreover, that passion must be nurtured by the benefits of embracing a project team culture that empowers each member to be at their best.
I love this member of my family – it’s that simple. What a remarkable opportunity to know that my work as Project Manager contributes to the production of lifesaving medicine. It’s mind boggling and beyond comprehension to think about the multitude of other individuals that benefit just the same.