The point of a PMO (Project Management Officer) is to have somebody responsible for all of the actions a company does in project management. The PMO makes sure Project Manager (PM) practices are consistent and there is the right balance of relationship management and technical management. Are we cutting to the chase at the right times, digging deeper at the right times and having a consistent approach to client focus while getting the product right throughout the organization?
As a junior technical project manager, my job is to support senior project managers by monitoring and controlling longer-term projects with large teams. I also manage shorter-term projects with smaller teams. During my first year at StarFish Medical, I have worked on over ten projects with a wide variety of technical focuses and team compositions. I collect and maintain data on project budgets, schedules and tasks in order to help our teams predict and respond to challenges.
What’s the best way to motivate medical device teams?
As the medical device design and development landscape shifts quickly under our feet, so does our thinking surrounding work and how to get the best results. What used to be the best way to motivate your medical device team may not apply any more.
Wouldn’t it be nice if every time you tried something new it went perfectly on your first attempt? Since this is rarely the case, risk management is a key element to incorporate in your innovation process and an excellent skill for any project manager. Here are my five tips to managing innovation risk:
Project managers constantly strive to bring projects to a successful completion under challenging timelines and within a strict budget. We work with our clients to define what success is to them, not just for the project we are working on, but their program goals as well.
The interview process was surprising to me when I applied to StarFish Medical for an administrative role six years ago. I was brought in for two rounds of interviews. In years past, I had only ever had a single interview with a company before being offered a position. Looking back on that now, I was naïve in believing that the company knew enough about me, and in turn, that I knew enough about them to accept a position.
The Conformité Européenne (CE) mark is a common sight on products in North America, and Europe. However the China Export mark and CE mark are easily confused, which is understandable because they look almost identical. This similarity is something which has been acknowledged by the EU parliament.
Designing a printed circuit board (PCB)? Is it for a prototype? I’m a Junior Electrical Engineer at StarFish Medical. This article summarizes some of the things that I’ve learned since I’ve been here. It is intended to serve as some words of advice to the novice PCB designer. The focus is on medical device PCB prototypes, but some of the information here is also applicable to more mature designs. For more PCB design best practices, check out these blogs from Kenneth MacCallum.
From form studies to functional components at the early stages of prototyping to full production, the applications for 3D printed parts are growing rapidly. Parts designed in 3D modeling software can be transferred and quoted by a 3D printing company almost instantly. Many 3D printing companies return parts to the designer within 24 hours. This decreases timelines for the overall design iteration process, as verification of components is performed promptly upon receipt of parts.
What processes are available and what are their relative merits? Several techniques are employed at commercial scale. In this blog I outline and compare three of the most commonly used in medtech product development.
Smart watches, near field tags, fitness trackers – everywhere you look, electronics are getting smaller. Medical devices are no exception, with many medical device manufacturers targeting very small form-factors for their devices. When miniaturizing a device’s electronics, there are several approaches.
When you climb into bed at night and wrap yourself up in a nice warm blanket, you’re comfortable, right? What happens if it’s really hot and humid out and you’re trying to get some sleep… probably not so comfortable anymore!
Comfort is subjective. There are thousands and thousands of permeations in nearly any situation that can cause comfort or discomfort and any rating in between. These include mental, physical and temporal demands multiplied by your own performance, frustration and the amount of effort required.