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Three ways to smooth your path for device development

Medical Device Development routemap v5.0 narrow viewSpring of 2013 still seems recent, so I was surprised to realise that the route map for medical device development will shortly be 3 years old. If it were a child in the UK, we would be able to get 15 hours free childcare a week from this September.

Children learn and grow at an alarming rate, especially when you’re looking back over what seems like a very short time and realise that the baby you remember holding in your arms “yesterday” is now a teenager.

The route map too is growing up fast. It’s being used across the world, from Australia, through Asia to Europe and on to North America. Users have fed back great experiences. Uses ranging from a desktop aide mémoire, a teaching aid, through to a planning and design review tool!

There comes a time when a child learns new skills, and naturally integrates them into their daily lives and toolkit.

We’re proud to announce the launch of the route map for medical device development 5.0 today. Numerous user suggestions have been incorporated in this new version, along with two new tracks; Intellectual Property and Market Research.

The route map continues to help you in three ways, it;

  1. Describes the journey you’ll embark upon, from a device idea through to launch.
  2. Sets out the main activities for each of 9 disciplines, through four stages of product development.
  3. Identifies the points where there are major interactions between disciplines.

And here it is…

Click to open a pdf version you can download

Click to open a pdf version you can download

You may already see how this picture will be helpful, whether you’re working in medical devices, combination products, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, defence, electronics…..

Send me your thoughts on how you can use the route map, because having a straightforward, independent view is always valuable.

The train at platform 9 and 3/4

We’ve been on a road trip recently, sharing a way of encapsulating the key steps of device development that has been attracting “rave reviews”.

I’d been working for a while (with our team’s input) to turn initial concept sketches into something eye catching, simple and well formed.  Fruits of those labours were unveiled during the road trip, with people grasping the concept very quickly.  Nodding heads and smiling faces were common responses, followed by requests for copies to keep and use.

Last time, I promised to share with you the whole picture.  The picture that knits together the key disciplines of device development.  You might find this familiar and easy to grasp: MDD route map for DeviceUsability

The route-map does three things, it;

1. Describes the journey you’ll embark upon, from a device idea (left) through to launch (right).

2. Sets out the main activities for each of 7 disciplines, through four stages of product development.

3. Identifies the points where there are major interactions between disciplines.

Seven “lines” integral to effective device development are featured;

  • Clinical,
  • Design Development,
  • Human Factors,
  • Project Management,
  • Qualification & Validation,
  • Quality,
  • Risk Management.

You may already see how this picture will be helpful, irrespective of the industry or sector you’re in.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you might use it.

If you’re working outside medical devices, how could this route-map be tweaked for your requirements?

Would printed copies (perhaps A2 or larger) be useful?