Whether you build multi-core system-on-chips, carrier-grade network equipment, or life-saving medical devices, come join the conversation on how to lead the innovation agenda for electronics industry while addressing the complexity challenge.
Gone are the days when software developers would wait for the latest release of a chip or board and then determine how to use it; today software frequently drives hardware choices. This has led to several challenges for companies building smarter products including: Poor collaboration among hardware and software development teams (different tools, terminology) Significant challenges integrating software and hardware, leading to late product launches Increasing amount of software Need to meet regulatory compliance Today, it is critical for... [More]
Electronics fuel innovations in many industries. As a result, electronics firms are under constant pressure to deliver this innovation on time and within budget, while contending with rapidly changing technologies, increasing product complexity and strict compliance and safety standards. Additionally, firms must typically coordinate project tasks across a global marketplace with an international supply chain. To help meet these difficult challenges, IBM Rational offers a set of solutions and products for several electronics industry segments,... [More]
I’ve developed a number of medical devices in my career
ranging from cardiac pacemakers to integrated anesthesia systems. As many of
you know, I’m also a big proponent of agile methods, primarily as a means of
improving quality but also as a way of improving engineering efficiency. For most people, finding published
information on how to apply agile methods to regulated, safety-critical systems
is difficult. I’ve tried to fill this gap with books such as “Real-Time Agility”
Organizations today are increasingly recognizing the benefits of using agile development to allow developers to build products faster. While most large corporations see definite advantages in using the agile approach, organizations are lost when it comes to managing the different metrics across projects. Many organizations continue to use traditional project metrics and struggle to map these to the agile metrics. With agile development becoming mainstream there is an increasing need for an automated metric gathering approach that would relieve... [More]
Electronics is everywhere! And Electronics is fun! You find it in your kitchen, office, doctor’s office, and even this blog is powered by electronics. Come join the conversation with our electronics experts on how to lead the innovation agenda for electronics industry while addressing the complexity challenge . Brainstorm solutions to develop smarter electronic systems leveraging solutions for product management, requirements management, architecture and design, collaboration, change and configuration management, and quality management. Share... [More]
Are you eager to lead the innovation in medical devices, network equipment & semiconductor industries? We will be hosting the IBM Rational Electronics Symposium in San Jose, on April 18. Paul Brody, IBM Global Industry Leader, Electronics will discuss how we can lead the next wave of software innovation. Whether you build multi-core system-on-chips, carrier-grade network equipment, or life-saving medical devices, come learn how IBM Rational and its partners enable engineering organizations to innovate while increasing agility and... [More]
When building safety critical software it is very important to build into the steps of your development process a way to show compliance to the relevant standards. For an industry like medical devices this could mean meeting a standard like IEC 62304 which talks about software traceability through everything you build. In order to have everything lined up for easier approval it is important to have data like FMEA (Fault Mode and Effects Analysis) charts. The issue is how do you fully analyze fault modes with the complexity of cascading faults... [More]
Escalating complexity caused by interconnected systems and expanding partner design networks is the new normal for the electronics industry. And continually shrinking product life cycles are forcing businesses to innovate products and services faster than ever and at lower cost. These factors, combined with increased competition, have squeezed profit margins to razor-thin levels.
The requirements management solution for electronics from IBM provides the ability to meet these challenges. Using the market leading IBM® Rational®... [More]
Join the May 29, 2013 Webcast: Diagnostic Grifols: Being Agile While Still Being Compliant
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Although Medical Device regulations do not enforce a fixed life cycle model, activities are presented in a sequential manner hinting at a waterfall process. Meanwhile, for a decade or more, software teams have benefitted from Agile development methods. There’s a number of Medical Device manufacturers... [More]
I just read a really interesting post by Paul Brody, IBM Global Leader for Electronics Industry, where he discusses how 3D-prininting is more than a manufacturing technology, it is a software-enabled ecosystem. We are already seeing 3D-printing in production in medical devices like prosthetic and dental implants. This is helping improve living standards, and can perhaps even prolong life. I wonder how performance improvements and new software innovations for such technologies will impact the cost of production and product and application... [More]
While competition within the electronics industry is not new, customer expectations have forced the compression of product life cycles and accelerated product innovation. This innovation is increasingly being driven by the software embedded within devices and systems.
When combined with the integrated and interconnected nature of electronics, product development complexity has risen to new levels. To remain competitive and profitable, your company must find new efficiencies in your engineering design and software development processes.
Medical device companies have to find ways to compete with lower-cost competition worldwide. Staying ahead means diversifying products and product portfolios by building a strong pipeline of new capabilities and variants in the marketplace. The challenge is making the right product decisions and injecting the right features and functions at the right time – while balancing risks and returns. You must capture and understand the strengths and weaknesses of proposed product functions - analyzing your risk, balancing your... [More]
I have recently co-authored a developerWorks article with Jordi Manzano of Diagnostic Grifols covering how you can adopt agile approaches within a highly regulated environment. Although the article is about how agile development practices can be
adopted in the medical device field, the approach can be easily adopted
by organizations working in other regulated fields.
In general, medical device regulations do not enforce a fixed development lifecycle, but development activities are often presented as if they have to be followed... [More]
Creativity and collaboration help product development teams
build better products. Group based games develop creativity and collaboration.
This means the right games can help develop better product. This is the basic premise
that agile game conferences like agile games 2013
which I attended last week.
During this conference developers there many different
:games” played among participants, which were anyone from scrum masters to developers
to architects, etc. I attended a session where we collaborated using legos to