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04 The Thinking Team

posted Sep 29, 2012, 10:14 PM by Casey Chan MD   [ updated Jul 13, 2014, 7:06 AM ]
Many of you asked what is expected of a good design.  In medical devices and in particular surgical devices, the outstanding characteristic is simplicity that is completely transparent to the users.  

Having said that, you will notice that the actual grade awarded to the design itself in this module is not the major component of the overall grade.  This is intentional.

The quality of the final design to a degree depends on the experience of the design team.  We emphasise the importance of technology due diligence and how to build up the expertise in the shortest possible time.  For the first half of the semester we have structured the module so that you will be "immersed" in the arts.

This module is just as much about the process of designing as it is about the design itself.  There is no perfect design but what you aim for are designs with the least problems.  You by now will know during consultation sessions, I challenge you to the various potential problems that your design may encounter.  The intent is to provoke you to think about how to mitigate these risks in your design. One of the philosophical objective of this module is to encourage you to think as a team.  

I greatly encourage you to watch this TED video on how a team can solve problem collaboratively in face of conflicting opinions.