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CDISC standards have been in development for many years. There are now methodologies and technologies that would make the transformation of non-standard data into CDISC-compliance with ease. Clinical trials have evolved and become more complex and this requires a new set of skills outside of clinical research - Project Management.

As with many projects, CDISC is a huge undertaking. It requires resources, technology, and knowledge-transfer. The industry (FDA for example) has been working on standardization for years but in September 2013, it became official, in which the FDA released a 'Position Statement'.

So what is CDISC? We can say that it is a way of naming convention for XPT files, or field names naming conventions or rules for handling unusual data. Currently, there are two main components of CDISC: SDTM (Study Data Tabulation Model) and aDAM (Analysis Data Model).

As a project manager and with the right tool, you can look to a single source of project information to manage the project through its life-cycle - from planning, through execution, to completion.

1)Define Scope: This is where you're tested on everything that has to do with getting a project up and running: what's in the charter, developing the preliminary scope, understanding what your stakeholders need, and how your organization handles projects.

A scope document is a form of a requirement document which will help you identify the goals for this project. It can also be used as a communication method to other managers and team members to set the appropriate level of expectations.

The project scope management plan is a really important tool in your project. You need to make sure that what you're delivering matches what you wrote down in the scope statement.

2)Define Tasks: we now need to document all the tasks that are required in implementing and transforming your data to CDISC.


Project Tasks  (Work packages) Estimates (work unit)
Initial data standards review 27
Data Integrity review 17
Create transformation models 35

The work breakdown structure (WBS) provides the foundation for defining work as it relates to project objectives. The scope of work in terms of deliverables and to facilitate communication between the project manager and stakeholders throughout the life of the project. Hence, even though, preliminary at first, it is a key input to other project management processes and deliverables.

3)Project Plan: Once we completed the initiation phase (preliminary estimates), we need to create a project plan assigning resources to the project and schedule those tasks. Project schedules can be presented in many ways, including simple lists, bar charts with dates, and network logic diagrams with dates, to name just a few. A sample of the project plan is shown below:

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Thai Gren Curry with Tofu

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