Is the Software Medical Device World Ready for Agile?

To begin with, I don’t see any real reason why software medical device manufacturers should fear Agile. I do, however, see some stipulations that need to be made. Here is a rather dated article on the subject (from 2007) : Agile Development in an FDA Regulated Setting. The author of the blog post concludes: It… Continue reading Is the Software Medical Device World Ready for Agile?

Valuable Unit Tests in a Software Medical Device, Part 9

I thought I was done, but here is yet another good reason to incorporate complex function automated testing: Validation of multiple Java runtime environments. Fabrizio Giudici proposes this as a solution for testing with Java 7, but we can always take it a step further, verifying multiple OS environments as well. Of course, this requires… Continue reading Valuable Unit Tests in a Software Medical Device, Part 9

The V-Model Approach: Just a Fancy Waterfall

I read this article at MEDS Magazine about Strkyer’s software development process. Stryker is a large and very successful company, so I was a bit surprised to learn that they have had success with the V-Model in software development. In my humble opinion, the V-Model is simply a glorified waterfall model approach, and we’ve seen… Continue reading The V-Model Approach: Just a Fancy Waterfall

Continuous Integration on Software Medical Device Projects, Part 9

Using a CI Environment to Replace the Traditional DHF Naturally, an important part of continuous integration is having a CI build that can be checked regularly for continued build success. This is probably what is commonly though of as the key benefit, but there is much more to be gained. Any continuous integration environment that… Continue reading Continuous Integration on Software Medical Device Projects, Part 9

Continuous Integration on Software Medical Device Projects, Part 8

Build Script Creation Ant should automatically determine which files will be affected by the next build. Programmers should not have to figure this out manually. While we will use an IDE for most development, we must not rely on the build scripts that are generated by the IDE. There are a few reasons for this:… Continue reading Continuous Integration on Software Medical Device Projects, Part 8

Continuous Integration on Software Medical Device Projects, Part 7

Build Labelling A build is labeled with a predetermined version number (e.g., “2.0”) and with a Subversion changeset number. The beauty of this is that we have a build that is associated with a particular changeset and, by association, an entire set of project documents and sources (as long as we put everything in a… Continue reading Continuous Integration on Software Medical Device Projects, Part 7

Continuous Integration on Software Medical Device Projects, Part 6

Build Scheduling Jenkins-CI allows teams to set up a project so that a build is performed whenever a change is committed through a version control system. The “Poll Version Control System” option is selected to do this. From there, the team must set up a schedule so that Jenkins will know how often to poll… Continue reading Continuous Integration on Software Medical Device Projects, Part 6