Aspire Demonstration Scenarios

Introduction

Sean, Project Manager

Sean, Project Manager

Meet Sean, a project manager at Plassey Pharmaceuticals.

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The product

Timer Cap

Timer Cap

Sean works for a Plassey Pharmaceuticals subsidiary that manufatures prescription drug containers featuring “timer caps” - bottle caps with a built-in clock and alarm that alerts patients when they should take their medications.

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The Situation

Plassey Logo

Plassey Logo

The company has decided to develop a new range of timer caps with additional functionality:

  1. Temperature monitoring that would warn when medications that should be refrigerated have become too warm.
  2. Visual signal (flashing light) in addition to the audible alarm signalling when the next dose should be taken.
  3. A pill-counting cap, that would dispense pills one-at-a time and keep a count, so it can warn when the recommended dose is exceeded, or when the patient has not taken enough. It can also alert the patient when supply is low and needs to be replenished.
  4. Multiple medication capability allowing different medications to be administered at different times of day from a single container.
  5. A “base station” to be installed at the dispensing pharmacy, with interfaces to prescription drug databases so that dosage information can be automatically downloaded to the cap’s timer.

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The Situation, Stage 2

A recent acquisition of an Indian company has added significant software development capability to the company’s portfolio.

Plassey has decided to move part of the software development to the Indian site, but overall system design, hardware design and manufacturing, and project management will remain in Ireland.

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The Situation, Stage 3

The target markets include both Europe and North America. Sean realizes that, because they are developing software for what is, in reality, a medical device, his software is subject to EU and US regulations governing such devices.

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Relevance to Process Research

This scenario involves evolution of an existing safety-critial software-intensive product, which fits Lero’s ECS research agenda.

The scenario also has aspects relevant to all four of the core Aspire projects:

  • PAISEAN: Global software development
  • SPRTMDRC: Medical device manufacturing (hardware and software)
  • ALPS: Compatible with R-SCRUM
  • OPS: Cooperation with open source Electronic Health Record project (for prescription downloading)?

There might be opportunities to incoporate methods and practices from other Lero projects involved in software evolution.

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