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When a system is modified, does its TRL change?

Posted on: August 30th, 2017 by Lou Wheatcraft No Comments

I was recently asked the question. “When a project begins with a existing device that has a TRL of 9, with the goal to develop a miniaturized version of the device, is the TRL of miniaturized version of the device … Read More

Technology Readiness Assessments Guide – GAO

Posted on: August 1st, 2016 by Lou Wheatcraft 4 Comments

I am excited to see that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) just released a draft of a new document: “Technology Readiness Assessment Guide” (TRA Guide).  As the title suggests, the focus of the TRA Guide is on assessing the technical … Read More

Technology Readiness Levels applied to Medical Device Development

Posted on: November 30th, 2015 by Lou Wheatcraft No Comments

In our previous blog “Using Technology Readiness Levels to Manage Risk” we introduced the concept of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs).  In that article, the basic descriptions for TRLs as used by NASA and the Department of Defense (DOD) were presented.  … Read More

Using Technology Readiness Levels to Manage Risk

Posted on: October 30th, 2015 by Lou Wheatcraft No Comments

In a previous blog “Are the Requirements Attainable?”, we mentioned that one reason requirements may be not be attainable was because the ability to meet a given requirement was based on an immature technology. Engineers, scientists, and marketing personnel often … Read More

How to Communicate “Threshold” vs. “Objective” Requirements.

Posted on: July 30th, 2014 by Lou Wheatcraft 3 Comments

We were recently asked the following question: “For a system that has both “threshold” and “objective” requirements, what is the best way to delineate them? Our initial thought was to use “should”, but then we don’t want to get them … Read More