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Medical device software organisations face challenges not faced by generic software development organisations. These challenges include the adherence to regulatory controls. Regulatory bodies require medical device software organisations to provide objective evidence that the software they are developing is safe and reliable. To produce this, regulatory bodies require a number of deliverables which must be achieved. However, they do not dictate which Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) must be followed in order to achieve these deliverables. Despite not dictating which SDLC must be followed when developing medical device software, organisations typically develop their software in accordance with a Plan-Driven software development lifecycle. By conducting semi structured interviews with seven medical device software organisations, we gained a deeper insight into how the challenges experienced impact on the development of medical device software. The interviews also attempted to learn from the participants how they believe the challenges experienced can be overcome. The aim of this paper is to explain the methodology used to perform interviews with medical device software organisations and to present these interviews.
Mc Hugh, McCaffery, F. : Challenges Eexperienced by Medical Device Software Organisations while following a Plan-driven SDLC.European Systems and Software Process Improvement and Innovation Conference EuroSPI Dundalk, Ireland, June 26-27, 2013