Scientific Information Management Consultancy

There’s a big difference between making things happen, and making things work.

However well defined your requirements may be, it takes more than efficient management of a software project to ensure it results in your needs being met.

Of course you want to ensure your project goes live on time, at a predicted cost and to the specification you have agreed, but lab projects are complex and demand greater experience of the lab environment to ensure success.

Where project leaders, as fielded by Scimcon, excel is in their understanding of the challenges of interpreting requirements and developing a system for the lab and its different user groups.

Our people go beyond project management, to provide projects with real leadership.

Requirements alone are not enough

Scimcon’s project leads are all ex-lab professionals who maintain their connection to the lab while working in IS. They have the experience to know that getting a system to work well in a lab is not simply making a list of requirements and giving it to the vendor.

Whether leading a project for a vendor or for the customer, they add more value through their understanding of lab realities. The first of these is ensuring that requirements are robustly defined and relate directly to the system being implemented.

Through user workshops, we challenge requirements to uncover insights that illuminate potential opportunities to improve the system.

We use a variety of methods to interrogate assumptions, opinions and experiences to gain a clear understanding of needs – as they are now and are likely to be in the system’s lifetime.

From that point we work up models to illustrate how the system will work, going through several iterations to refine ideas well before attempting any configuration.

The insights we gather help us to refine technical solutions, then stretch the ideas to improve the long term value of the implemented system.

Success is a system that gets used

Achieving a live date within budget and to an agreed scope is to succeed in project management.

But the true measure of success in lab systems development lies in the utility of the live system.

To be successful in those terms, systems must be adaptable to the lab environment and to its different users. Very often that requires an inherent flexibility on the part of the system’s designers and implementers.

That’s another point on which project leadership is distinct from project management. As project leads, we aim to design enough of the system at the outset to have a clear direction, but not so rigidly to be unable to fine-tune following live demonstrations and road testing.

Being able to accommodate change and the demands of the lab, project leaders ensure that each aspect of a project is carefully fitted to the needs of its users, supported by them, and delivers long-term value for the customer.

Recent Projects

Implementation project for LIMS, test execution and CDS across six sites in Europe and USA.

Replace in-house LIMS and integrate with Electronic Lab Notebook for top 10 global pharma co.

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It’s amazing how a carefully worded challenge will really open up the problem... It helps to find out what lies behind a requirement and at the same time gets people more engaged in the process.

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