Episode 356

#356: Quality Myths & Lessons Learned Part II

In this episode of the Global Medical Device Podcast, host Etienne Nichols delves into the world of medical device quality and reliability with expert guest Kevin Becker. They explore the nuanced challenges of ethical decision-making in the MedTech industry, the complexities of accelerated testing, and the continuous quest for quality improvement. Becker, author of "Quality Myths and Lessons Learned," shares his insights from the second edition of his book, emphasizing the importance of ethics, the intricacies of statistical models, and the practical aspects of quality management in medical devices.

Key Timestamps:

  • [00:00:00] Introduction to Kevin Becker and the topic of the episode
  • [00:05:20] Discussion on the new chapter about ethics in Becker's book
  • [00:10:35] Insights into accelerated testing and its application in medical devices
  • [00:15:50] Kevin Becker's five levels of knowledge and its relevance to MedTech professionals
  • [00:20:45] The significance of standing up for what's right in quality and regulatory matters
  • [00:25:30] Real-life examples of complex problem-solving in medical device engineering
  • [00:30:55] Final thoughts and advice from Kevin Becker for MedTech professionals


  1. "The first level of knowledge is you don't have a clue... The third level is you know enough to be effective, which is where we all want to be." - Kevin Becker
  2. "All models are wrong; some models are useful." - Quoted by Kevin Becker, highlighting the pragmatic approach in engineering and quality assurance.
  3. "Do something, do anything. If it's wrong, we'll learn from it. Just do something." - Kevin Becker's advice to overcome analysis paralysis in product development.


  • Latest MedTech Trends: The episode underscores the critical role of ethics in the rapidly evolving MedTech industry, where technological advancements and moral responsibilities intersect.
  • Practical Tips: Listeners gain practical insights into the importance of rigorous testing, continuous learning, and ethical decision-making in ensuring the quality and reliability of medical devices.
  • Future Predictions: The discussion hints at the increasing significance of statistical models and accelerated testing in predicting and enhancing the longevity and efficacy of medical devices.


Questions for the Audience:

  • Poll: "What do you believe is the most significant ethical challenge facing the MedTech industry today?"
  • Share your thoughts and experiences with us at podcast@greenlight.guru


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Etienne Nichols

Mechanical Engineer, Medical Device Guru, and host of the Global Medical Device Podcast