I’ll be giving a talk on Thursday May 15th at the Medtec UK conference held at London Olympia. It’s titled “Specifications suck: Why too much focus on essential requirements leads to mediocre products”. Well, the organisers did say they wanted a catchy title…
The gist of my talk is that stating design objectives as pass/fail requirements does not capture the relationship between design parameters or design choices on the one hand, and the utility or value of the designed product on the other hand.
I’m also chairing stream A on the Thursday so I will be around in Olympia all day.
Last Wednesday I attended the seminar on “Detection Systems for Biological threats” in London, organised by the Sensors & Instrumentation KTN.
There was a good range of speakers and attendees from industry, academia and government, and some interesting and thought-provoking talks.
Dr. Ian Lawston – chief scientist at the Dstl detection department – discussed the performance requirements for detection technologies. Apart from the obvious needs for sensitive detection of as many threats as possible, he emphasised that currently improvements are most needed not in the detection technology itself, but in the area of sample collection and processing.