Principles

"All of us in organizations have the capability to innovate. Sometimes we just have to get out of our own way." 
-- Ron Ashkenas, from: "Ten ways to inhibit innovation"

Innovation is essential to sustain
The true power of automation in science-driven organizations today is found in joining all data by integrated systems. This will make information available anywhere and anytime in re-usable and flexible formats. Employees can perform better jobs and managers can make better decisions.

Such system will automate routine and administrative components of the everyday work, thereby saving weeks per scientist per working year. A good system will also introduce a wide range of new functions to be applied to the data, which stimulates quality, the creativity of the scientists and the overall value of the work.

Introducing such system into an existing organization is demanding. If the organization is not well prepared and is not in full charge of such project, it is likely that the project as a whole will fail to deliver, budgets will be overspend, motivation of employees will be negatively affected and time is wasted.

To help bringing and keeping the organization in the driver's seat, introduction or improvement of a scientific data management system should be prepared, designed, developed or bought, tried out, implemented and utilized in clearly defined phases, such that the changes within the organization are gradual. This allows employees (especially scientists) the time to absorb these changes. With such phased approach the project as a whole stays manageable, permitting the organization to make decisions at each phase. The pivotal advantage of such phased approach is the increased involvement of all employees who can express their wishes with every new phase. This eventually leads to an overall delivered functionality that is equal to the desired functionality and full acceptance of the final production system.

BioInq consultancy works according to these principles. A phased approach to data management and lab automation solutions is taken, allowing thinking/quality/evaluation sessions to be built in between clearly defined phases that intentionally slows down the project as a whole in order to maximize the gains to the organization.