Working an Under-Resourced Project

Implementation Success

I read an interesting blog the other day entitled, “Guidelines for a Successful LIMS Implementation Project”. Overall I found it a pretty interesting read. It covered, making sure you select the correct Lab Information Management System (LIMS), how to prioritise what problems the selected LIMS should address as well as some additional pointers. Each point true, but pretty obvious.

Personally I think all of the points suggested in this blog will set you up for a successful implementation, but not deliver you one. Delivering a project on time and on budget is surely the end goal?

Value of Analysts

Let’s take it back to the start of the project, before you’ve even decided what LIMS you’re going to select. The vast majority of people selecting a LIMS for their lab have never selected a LIMS before.  This is a huge responsibility that will change the way that your organisation works indefinitely. If several aspects of the business processes are missed, problems start to creep up during the implementation. Inevitably each costing time and a money.

Whilst an experienced LIMS Business Analyst isn’t cheap, compared to the detriment a failed LIMS Implementation can bring, I would say arguably it is. Business Analysts will save your project time and money in the long run. They’ll prevent any regular reoccurring problems from occurring. It doesn’t just stop there, in all stages of a LIMS implementation project, it’s often the case that the more you put in, the more you will get out.

Understanding Your Needs

It is important to have someone on board that fully understands what needs to happen and when. This is crucial at all times throughout a project. Have a look at getting an experienced Project Manager that has successfully delivered your chosen LIMS elsewhere. Have a look at LIMS Consultants, LIMS Developers or whatever your LIMS project actually needs. Although they cost money initially, they’re professionals in a niche market for a reason. They will help you deliver the project successfully because they’ve done it time and time again.

Let’s be honest, money doesn’t grow on trees. All projects have budgets and I understand this. My advice only comes from hearing about so many horror LIMS Implementations, simply because the right resources weren’t given to the project at pivotal times.

My professional opinion is that spending more at the start of a project will save you massively further down the line.

What are your thoughts?

Thank you for reading.

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