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International Project
Management Day 2023

From Risks to Requirements – An Approach to Project Initiation

Vincent Marguier

Manager of Life Sciences Programs & Projects
Vincent Marguier

About the Presentation

Most project managers know that risk management is a dynamic component of any project, where risks (but also opportunities) must constantly be assessed and monitored to deliver in the most successful way. But how can the Project Manager develop a ‘risk’ mindset within the project team? By kicking off a project with a Risks & Opportunities Assessment session! Such team building activities allow team members to share their own perspective based on their expertise, thus highlighting both the risk dependencies and the mitigation strategies that will pave the way to product requirements. Starting from the end user and all the stakeholders involved in the project, with a couple of high-level hypotheses, and using risk assessment techniques, we will explore a simple and original approach that will provide a strong basis for the project initiation, while forming the team and defining the workstreams in the most effective way. 

Key Takeaways

  • Learn a different, engaging way to kick off a project.
  • Make risk management an integral part of the project culture.
  • Build and empower the project team and keep it both aligned and focused.
  • Help to define product requirements in a more contextual way.

About Vincent Marguier

Vincent has 17 years experience in life sciences at various geographical levels as a program/project manager and commercial operations expert who specializes in bridging the gap between strategy and execution, ranging from R&D to commercial. He initially worked 5 years in the machine manufacturing industry where he transitioned from industrialization to IT and management systems, which led him to CRM implementation projects at Cegedim (now IQVIA). Following a stint in consulting, he joined the pharma industry and worked in specialty pharma (Vifor Pharma), rare diseases (Shire, Pfizer) and most recently in inhalable solutions (Vectura Fertin Pharma). Vincent holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Grenoble INP in France and both PRINCE2 and PMP certifications. He currently lives in Switzerland. 

Meet Vincent Marguier!