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  • Writer's picturePer Lindstedt

Project Management for R&D

Traditional Project Management consists of methods adapted for construction projects – projects where resource management is imperative for success. We have found that these methods are less suitable for development projects – projects where the creation of new knowledge is vital. Some of the key differences are:

  • Plan in groups and document instead of planning individually and informing. Visual methods are a prerequisite for succeeding in carving out a project plan that the participants understand and take responsibility for.

  • Work with two different project plans. A rough general plan for the entire project and a detailed rolling plan. A planning philosophy that combines modern Agile methods with more traditional methods such as Waterfall.

  • Shift the focus from activities to deliverables. All to create a better customer focus and ensure the quality of the work performed. This approach is a powerful method to minimizes the number of late changes.

  • Focus on the whole business case instead of just on the project's time and cost. The price of the final product, software, or developed process is governed by how well it meets customer needs. Therefore, future cash flows and profitability are determined mainly by how well the development project has been carried out.

Learn how to run developments project professionally "Project Management for R&D," .

Per and Ulf


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