Having a clear and well-communicated strategy is crucial to ensure that the device meets its intended application and requirements. It helps to identify the key challenges, resources, and milestones necessary for successful development, and enables efficient resource allocation, risk management, and evaluation of success. A strategy needs to be flexible and adaptable, allowing for adjustments as new information or circumstances arise.
Teams across all disciplines must speak a common language in order to work collaboratively while staying informed by past efforts and intentions and remaining aligned with the bigger picture. With microfluidics projects taking on average 10 years to reach the market, the people who start the project are likely to change along the way.
Clear documentation of prior work and considered on-boarding of new team members ensure that valuable knowledge doesn’t slip through the gaps in these transition times.