If there is a word that you can say to most laboratory professionals to make them cringe, LIMS would be up there. Why has LIMS gained such a bad reputation in industry?
The key to a successful deployment of a LIMS in your laboratory is simple and it is to choose the LIMS provider that most suits the needs of your company. There are many LIMS providers to choose from and each with their own individual USP’s - the important thing is to find the one that is right for you. A LIMS is currently highly sought after by many laboratories as it can solve many of the issues that laboratories face such as time management, sample tracking and assisting in the gaining of accreditation. Indeed, many regulatory bodies would now expect a LIMS to be installed in certain laboratories as it is the most reliable method of data storage and ensuring the integrity of data. However, many laboratories are failing in their deployment of LIMS projects and these are just a few of the reasons why:
Last week we issued our blog on the Do's of LIMS Project Management, and now that you're familiar with best practice, you can find here what we highlighted as NOT to do when managing a LIMS project.
Assign roles and responsibilities
Identifying the project team and its responsibilities, from Key Stakeholders to Ancillary Team Members, is one of the first steps in a project’s life. As a Project Manager you may need assistance from the Project Sponsor in identifying the appropriate personnel, and creation of a Stakeholder map may be useful.