Everyone talks about Quality Culture, but what about Knowledge Culture?
What is there to “culture” about knowledge, anyway?
ICH Q10 defines Knowledge management as a “systematic approach to acquiring, analysing, storing and disseminating information related to products”.
But long before we can have systems in place, we need Humans and we beed to foster a company culture.
So what are some good Human habits to Acquire, Analyse, Store and Disseminate information within our teams?
Here is a quick listicle for a weekend reflection:
Acquire: Make habit of insourcing your knowledge- don’t leave it all in the hands (and clouds) of your service providers
Analyze: Don’t leave any stone unturned. Treat each experiment and development study as a treasure trove and maximize the analysis of that data. Try giving the same data to other people and other disciplines. You’ll be surprised by what they see.
Store the data in a way that makes sense to everyone. Align on a common folder structure and nomenclature for development documents that is built with a unified context in mind.
Disseminate: Don’t keep it all for yourself! encourage your teams to share insights and learn from each other. Start meetings with a rotating 3-minutes lesson by each department/team member of the most recent lessons learned. Invest in internal project-specific training materials. Use AI to issue meeting highlights and publish them on a common board. Break down the knowledge silos!
Drug Development is knowledge-intensive, and as we progress through the phases, it becomes critical to establish systems to manage all this knowledge.
But in early stage- the least we can do is foster a Knowledge culture, to pave the way for the systems that will follow...
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