Research Project Management (RPM) is a boutique consulting firm with service offerings tailored for research and other innovative environments.
RPM was founded in 2013 by Alison Paprica, PhD, PMP. Alison has worked with leading scientists on hundreds of projects through positions including Director of Research at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Manager of Strategic Planning in the pharmaceutical sector. Certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the US-based Project Management Institute in 2001, she is among the first 5% of individuals to earn PMP certification internationally. As a strong supporter of research, and an expert practitioner of project management, Alison has led work to adapt the most relevant tools and practices from the project management body of knowledge so that they work for research projects and other initiatives with high uncertainty.
All RPM staff and associates are experienced managers who specialize in strategic project management and evaluations that work for projects with high uncertainty. In all RPM activities the touch is light. The emphasis is on bringing key inputs from Principal Investigators, Project Leads and other stakeholders together with RPM expertise to plan and/or evaluate research projects and other innovative initiatives.
Tailored Project Management
The Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) is a comprehensive 500 page resource with information about 47 project management processes and tools that are considered to be “good practice.” The Project Management Institute estimates its community at 2.9 million professionals in over 150 countries – these individuals are connected through their use of PMBOK® Guide processes and tools.
However, for research and other innovative initiatives, it can be a challenge to know which of the PMBOK® Guide tools and processes will add the most value, and how to adapt content from the PMBOK® Guide so that it works well for projects with high uncertainty. This practical knowledge gap may explain why the research sector lags behind other knowledge sectors in adopting project management tools and techniques despite very large investments – for example, $12.1 billion of research performed by Canada’s higher education sector annually.
To address this modifiable gap, RPM has created a tailored subset of the tools and processes from the PMBOK® Guide and developed a range of service offering and training options. With as few as three hours of the Project Manager or Coordinator’s time per month, teams can bring high value project management tools and processes to their projects. These proven tools and processes establish a common understanding of the deliverables and timeline, increase the likelihood of success and reduce delivery, financial and reputational risk.