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Lean Startup Circle, An Article in Reuters

By Lou Carlozo Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:38pm EDT (Reuters) – Bernhard Kappe, the chief executive officer of Chicago’s Pathfinder Software, steps up to a dry erase board and draws a crude graph, its slope curves upward. Then he plots a point in the middle to show where the city’s web entrepreneurs stand in terms of growth and progress. “These things take 20 years to get to maturity, and theyR
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Agile in FDA Regulated Medical Software – Its Not What You Wear. Its How You Wear It.

Its not what you wear. Its how you wear it. I have to thank Tavi Scandiff-Pirvu for coining this expression as it relates to regulated software development. As long as you use industry standard methods, the FDA allows you to determine the rules that you are going to follow. If you want to have 15 exhaustive steps in order to build each piece of functionality the FDA will say, “Go do it. Just document each step
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Agile in FDA Regulated Medical Software – Checklists

Lets be honest: Checklists aren’t the most exciting topic to blog about. However, in the context of regulation they become interesting. Everybody loves checklists and hates them at the same time. It’s really easy to make them and just as easy to forget to use them. Later on, after the emergency and/or reason they were created has subsided, using the checklists becomes a ceremony – something that mus
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Agile in FDA Regulated Medical Software – Have Some Class

The FDA states that a medical device is a product that is used for medical purposes in patients, in diagnosis, therapy, or surgery. As opposed to a pharmaceuticals, who use the body’s metabolism, medical devices act mechanically or chemically. The FDA’s role in this is to assure the safety and effectiveness of devices. Keep this in mind while going through the process (they are not just to make your life
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Agile In FDA Regulated Medical Software – It can be done!

We have all heard that developing software utilizing Agile principles yields high quality, working software in customers’ hands quickly. It is widely believed that utilizing Agile practices leads to better, cheaper software than waterfall methods in most instances. However, those who write software that must be reviewed by the FDA know that, at first look, the FDA regulations run counter to this approach. They
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A Post About Toys

There was a post over at the Garlicsim Blog that I found simple but powerful. The idea of it is that, ‘the toy will win.’
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Valuing Good Design

photo credit: Jeremy Levine Design It’s important to have a common vision and shared values in a company like Pathfinder. We often talk internally about what we value. A frequent topic is valuing things that are designed as opposed to merely built. The obvious example is the iPad vs. the Android tablets emerging now. A more concrete, less virtual, example is a house. You may have experienced one where the whole and i
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Book Review: Reflections on Management: How to Manage Your Software Projects, Your Teams, Your Boss, and Yourself

In Reflections on Management: How to Manage Your Software Projects, Your Teams, Your Boss, and Yourself Watts Humphrey presents a number of essays discussing how to manage software projects, teams, bosses and yourself. It’s a short read even though it’s 240 pages. From Watts’ bio it’s clear he has a lot of experience with large software projects. He was at IBM for 27 years and through his time
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Review: Making it Big in Software

In Making it Big in Software, Sam Lightstone has the ambitious task of giving you “all the information you need to jumpstart your software career: the best ways to get hired, move up, and blaze your way to the top!”. It’s an ambitious claim.
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Review: Succeeding with Agile

In Succeeding with Agile, Mike Cohn gives organizations a handbook for how to succeed using Agile practices and principals. If you are picking up this book, keep in mind that he assumes you have some experience with Agile before you begin. He starts the book by presenting some agile adoption patterns then discusses how and why those patterns are resisted by individuals within the organization. Next he spends a number
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