Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) Process Improvement


People + Process + Technology = Great Products

Engineering Leaders know what they want: increased productivity.

The more efficient a team or process is, the shorter their time-to-market. Additionally, if product quality goals are met, then customers are happier and market share should increase.

So how do they achieve those goals? 

By working with experts who’ve become proficient at analyzing processes, documentation, tools & skillsets – breaking everything down into core components – then helping teams implement mutually agreed upon corrective actions, in order to meet their desired goals.

Here’s a happy client:

“Every day we are challenged with finding ways to improve quality of software development while decreasing time-to-market. Specific areas we focused on were automated tools for development and test, increased transparency and traceability, automated regression analysis and repeatable predictable outcomes.’

‘Charlie Gragg and his team assessed our current development and test situation and presented the best path forward for addressing our specific needs. If you have a similar need, Charlie is the right resource to meet your requirements.’

‘I highly recommend him and his team.'”

Gregory Gulden

Vice President, Device Engineering, Hospital Products

Baxter Healthcare

Top Questions

  • Will I be on time?
  • Will I be on budget?
  • Will the application function as designed?
  • Will our device present an intuitive user interface?
  • Will I have happy customers and increased market share?

Whether you’re creating a new application or adding features to an existing product line, we can help you implement Best Practices to solve your toughest product delivery challenges.

Our experience has shown that after collaborative Gap Analysis, the solution(s) yield distinct product delivery enhancements which can be individually implemented – successfully. Our bottom line goals are to help your team shrink time-to-market, reduce costs and improve customer satisfaction with your products (before & after you get FDA approvals).

**Software Development Lifecycle – Process Improvement Benchmarks**

  • Conformance to IEC 62304 Software Development Lifecycle Management Processes
    •  Performing gap analysis of Quality Management Systems and procedures to identify improvements for alignment with:
      • 21 CFR 830
      • ISO 13485:2016
      • ISO 14971:2012
      • IEC 62304:2006.
    • Implementing software lifecycle processes into existing QMS system procedures:
      • For Safety Class A, B and C devices
  • IEC 62304 Core Lifecycle Processes
    • Generate stand-alone procedures for addressing:
      • Software Development Planning
      • Software Risk Management
      • Software Configuration Management
      • Software Problem Resolution
      • Software Maintenance
  • Compliance to AAMI-TIR45 Guidance on the use of Agile practices in the development of medical device software
    • Agile, evolutionary and hybrid lifecycle models
    • Recommendations for compliance to International Standards and FDA guidance documents (for use of agile practices to develop medical device software)

Clients Who’ve Benefited

  • Medtronic
  • Baxter Healthcare
  • Obalon Therapeutics
  • FMC
  • Zimmer-Biomet
  • Hospira

What We Do

We Help You

Reduce Time to Market Improve Forecast Accuracy
Minimize Rework & Cut Project Costs Increase Profits by Reducing Technical Support Calls
Improve Product Quality & Reliability  Enjoy Software Delivery Improvements – First 90 Days
Increase Team Productivity & Project Velocity Improve Customer Satisfaction with Your Products

How We Do It

Advantu’s Process Improvement Methodology draws upon the highly successful techniques of the Ishikawa Diagram and 5 Why’s to determine cause and effect relationships.

Advantu concentrates on the following major Process Improvement Categories:

  1. People
  2. Methods
  3. Environment
  4. Measurement

The initial Identification of possible Targeted Improvements is captured via Advantu’s Gap Analysis Process.

  1. Internal and External Audit Findings
  2. Review of Open and Closed CAPAs
  3. Past Lessons Learned
  4. Development, Manufacturing and Quality Team observations

The identified Causes from the above process are then decomposed into likely “Contributors.”

The “5 Whys” technique is then applied to the likely Contributors to identify the most beneficial improvement solutions. Typically these projects start around 3 weeks and will just need 2 hours per day of your team’s time.

The #1 Metric: does your product exceed your customer expectations?

The following is an example of Advantu’s “Cafeteria Plan” for Targeted Results Driven Process Improvement.

Cafeteria Plan

Problem Contributor Solution
Missed User Needs

“counter-intuitive user interface”

Ineffective Human Factors Studies

Voice of the Customer Improvement

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Product Quality & Reliability Issues

“not-quite-perfect-functionality”

Poor Risk Management Request Whitepaper
Performance Bottlenecks

“the never-satisfied customer”

Inadequate Performance Planning Request Whitepaper
Time to Market Delay

“perpetual replanning”

Ineffective Resource Allocation

Scope Creep

Issue Correction – Induced Errors

Missing/Late Design Control Deliverables

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WHY WAIT?

If you’re experiencing these software development and product delivery issues – we know you’re under a lot of stress.

Here’s the good news – our experts have been helping teams address and systematically resolve these issues for decades – we can help you overcome your challenges and transition into a highly productive organization, capable of delivering quality products (on time) on a consistent basis.

Reach out today and request a Free Consultation. It’s a straight forward process, and we think you’ll agree – the earlier you start, the earlier you’re on the path to a highly improved process with a newly energized team – armed for success!

Ask Judy to schedule a Free Consultation – today!

Contact Judy Cirilos: judy.cirilos@advantu.com

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