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Project Management - Making Better Leaders

J Johnson1*, S Dieterich2*, S Breen3*, (1) Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Houston, TX, (2) UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA, (3) Odette Cancer Centre, Toronto, ON, CA


SA-A-Therapy Room-0 (Saturday, 4/17/2021) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM [Eastern Time (GMT-4)]

What is a project? A project is temporary activity that has defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources. A project is designed to accomplish a singular go, often including people who don’t usually work together.
Why should physicists learn project management tools? As physicists, we are involved in projects in a variety types of projects yet we have rarely received formal project management training. Project management was last talked about at Leadership Academy in 2016. A review of project management tools would help our physicists:
1. Strengthen communication & collaboration. Healthy communication is instrumental in managing a successful team and completing a project. If your team is struggling with communication, using a few basic project management concepts will aid collaboration.
2. Supports agility. Projects rarely go as planned. Deadlines shift and expectations change. How to prevent project creep and be agile will determine how quickly and efficiently a project will get back on track.
3. Builds confidence. Having the right tools helps build confidence and trust across teams. Physicists who are good project managers become vital to the function of the organization and provide greater visibility of the profession.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand what project management is and its role in operations
2. Understand the physicists role in projects and improve project execution.
3. Learn project management basics/tools to utilize immediately in the work environment.


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