PMI New Jersey Chapter
PMINJ 2022 April Life Sciences LCI

Life Sciences LCI

Panel Discussion:
Addressing the Challenges of Using Agile in Life Science Projects

07 Apr 2022
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Virtual using Zoom


Are you struggling with using Agile in your science or life science project?  Unsure if Agile can be used successfully in the heavily regulated life sciences industry, where Waterfall has been the norm?  Then join our panel discussion featuring life science industry Agile experts and learn how they have addressed challenges experienced when using Agile in life science projects. You will gain actionable tips from their Agile success stories on projects throughout the life science product lifecycle – from research to development through the regulatory process and commercialization. Our discussion, moderated by Claudia Campbell-Matland, will be lively, fun and insightful.  Bring your questions and share your thoughts with us!

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how Agile can be applied in a heavily regulated industry, using life sciences as practical example
  • Understand ways of addressing challenges when applying Agile in science and life science projects
  • Understand how using Agile integrates with achieving strategic project outcomes


speakerClaudia Campbell-Matland, PMP®, Chairperson, PMINJ Life Sciences LCI and Consultant & Managing Member, CNCM Consulting LLC

Claudia has 30+ years’ experience in the medical device industry managing product lifecycle and organizational programs / projects.  As an independent project management and quality consultant, she works with start-up companies to manage translation of their research into a compliant design & development process. She launched Project Management Institute’s New Jersey Chapter’s (PMINJ) Life Sciences “LCI” (Local Community of Interest) in 2019, and leads its core team in developing events & content for Chapter members working and / or interested in the life sciences industry.


speakerSteven Dry, PMP, SPC – Organizational Transformation Consultant & Coach, PA Consulting

Steve Dry, PMP, SPC, is a principal consultant in the agile practice at PA Consulting. Steve works with organizations and leaders to adapt to rapid change by adopting agile ways of working. Steve has partnered with life sciences, healthcare, engineering, and financial services companies to design agile operating models, coach executives and teams in applying agile practices, manage transformation activities, and train hundreds of folks along their agile journeys.

speakerMichelle Gilboy, PMP – Agile Global Marketing Transformation Director, Merck

Michelle is an agile thought leader and strategist working for Merck in their Global and US Headquarters in NJ and PA.   She blends her traditional project management skills and tools and her agile mindset, practices and methods when guiding enterprise transformations for companies like UTC Carrier, Uber ATG, PNC Bank and Thermo-Fisher.  Her journey from traditional ways of working to agile ways of working started when she was leading product development innovation teams for McKesson Automation more than 15 years ago.  Michelle has a reputation as a pragmatic servant leader and hands-on change agent committed to delivering customer value and business operations that distinguish the organization’s value proposition from industry competitors.  She says, "There’s no substitute for motivated teammates in a healthy, high performing organization that can respond to and fulfill customers' needs. Period. People and the quality of their interactions make the difference between the good and the great organizations and how they deliver astonishing results into the world.”

speakerPierre Neis, is a French-German Agile Coach in charge of large Agile Transformations. Since the last decade, he has supported around 200 companies around the world – including large life sciences organizations - in their agile journey as a scrum master, product owner, executive, coach, consultant or mentor. Believing in synergies, Pierre is collaborating actively with most of the major strategy consulting companies for both Agile and Digital Transformation strategies. He is the author of "The New Normal: AO concepts and patterns of 21-st century agile organizations”, “Swarming X4" and co-creator of #play14. Pierre is also contributing in several books and publications around agile management, social sciences and gamification.

speakerCarol Smith, PMP, RAC – Software as Medical Device LM Site Lead, Pfizer

Software as a Medical Device Executive. Product Development, Product Design, Compliance, Deployment and Maintenance. 30 years as Project Management Professional (PMP), Regulatory Affairs Certified (RAC, US, EU & ROW) and Six Sigma Champion.  Comprehensive experience within drugs, biotechnology and medical device industries from Regulatory, submission and manufacturing point of view.

speakerKendra West, Registered Agile Coach and Certified Scrum Master - Resilience

Kendra West is an Agile Coach specializing in coaching and teaching Agile practices to teams in the scientific setting. She started her career at the lab bench and moved from there to Agile Transformation consulting in-order to deepen her experience in the coaching space and learn more about this iterative and collaborative approach to work. Currently, Kendra works as a coach with the R&D platform of Resilience – a biopharmaceutical manufacturing company developing novel approaches to life science manufacturing. She considers herself a “Team Scientist,” studying and exploring the ways that groups of all backgrounds can use Agile ideas to advance and accelerate modern scientific breakthroughs.

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  • $0.00 - PMINJ Chapter members (fee waived for this meeting)
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PDP Information

Program Number: C020-20220407
Panel Discussion: Addressing the Challenges of Using Agile in Life Science Projects
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)
PDUs: - 1.0
Leadership - 0.5
Strategic - 0.5
Technical - 0.0

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