Chapter 4: Managing Translational Informatics Projects¶
Managers of Translational Informatics Projects
Why is this important¶
Translational Informatics projects are increasingly cross-institutional and even international; however, managing them comes with many shared pain points. This guidance will help anyone who is organizing or managing cross-functional distributed teams that develop code or that analyze data across the translational divide. Specifically, we will introduce several practical tools and techniques for managers to facilitate these kinds of endeavors. Exercises in the companion tutorial will familiarize participants with helpful tools and techniques, and help them make informed decisions about which tools might work best for their particular contexts. We conclude with a session wherein all participants are welcome to share additional pain points and related experience.
Pick the project management technique that is appropriate for your project (Agile, Waterfall Model, Kanban, etc)¶
Understand the implications of that management technique for the full lifecycle of your project¶
Get familiar with your (diverse) stakeholders¶
Have a process for team onboarding (Some guidance here for using forms)¶
Have a process communications¶
Organize work into a roadmap that is clear and achievable¶
Pick the work tracking platform that is right for your (whole) team¶
Focus your planning efforts in discrete horizons (eg. 2 weeks, 2 months, 2 years)¶
Make sure that all of the work that is planned is also assigned¶
Don’t make security or licensing an afterthought¶
Don’t be afraid to course correct¶
Thanks to Justin Ramsdill for the Agile introduction (also linked from the MTIP tutorial site).