The Product Development Process - Explanation

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Brick by Brick - How a Product's Developed (Expectations, Risks and Misunderstandings)

Electronics

Explanation: 'brains' (control) of the product

Expectation/s: own IP; supported; reliable; available

Risks: IP; misunderstandings; unverifiable process

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Product Design

Explanation: 'body'; enclosure

Expectation/s: IP; fit; form; function; aesthetics

Risks: inverse of expectations

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Software

Explanation: 'connection' WiFi/IoT/Bluetooth/etc

Expectation/s: IP; compatibility; support; simplicity

Risks: inverse of expectations

Further advice: Listen to audio

Ideas and Feasibility

Explanation: brainstorming and feasibility

Expectation/s: Innovation and practicality

Risks: not doing

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Idea Generation

Explanation: brainstorming and feasibility

Expectation/s: Innovation and practicality

Risks: not doing

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App, Laptop or PC - none

Explanation: interacting with the world

Expectation/s: simplicity; efficacy; appeal

Risks: not tuned to the market

Further advice: Listen to audio

Design Specification

Explanation:goal posts/Risk/Stage check

Expectation/s: understood, prescriptive and thorough

Risks: vague or not owned

Further advice: Listen to audio

Concept

Explanation: transfer the idea into the physical

Expectation/s: able to visualise the solution

Risks: too constrained by practical limitations

Further advice: Listen to audio

Specificaiton

Explanation: goal posts/Risk/Stage check

Expectation/s: understood, prescriptive and thorough

Risks: vague, unwanted bells and whistles

Further advice: Listen to audio

Quality Assurance

Explanation: assuring design and manufacture quality

Expectation/s: written quality plan

Risks: paralysis, unthorough, diminishing return

Further advice: Listen to audio

Concept development

Explanation: turn the Concept into engineering drawings

Expectation/s: mechanical drawings with dimensions

Risks: No IP, fitting issues, ergonomics

Further advice: Listen to audio

User Journey

Explanation: map process in user's eyes

Expectation/s: design clarification

Risks: real user not used

Further advice: Listen to audio

Design of circuits

Explanation: components and connection

Expectation/s: circuit diagrams (schematics)

Risks: Errors/DfM/DfT

Further advice: Listen to audio

Quality Assurance

Explanation: design and manufacture quality

Expectation/s: plan, encompassing

Risks: fit, expectations, testing, diminishing return

Further advice: Listen to audio

Use Cases/Wireframes

Explanation: software specification method

Expectation/s: prescriptive definition, software flow

Risks: buy in, thoroughness, paralysis

Further advice: Listen to audio

PCB Layout

Explanation: shape and design of PCB

Expectation/s: design and manufacturing definition

Risks: fit, component position, DfM/DfT

Further advice: Listen to audio

Prototype construction

Explanation: manufacture of enclosure

Expectation/s: physical prototype enclosure

Risks: fit issues

Further advice: Listen to audio

Software Quality Assurance

Explanation: assurance of software quality

Expectation/s: transferable, documented, supportable

Risks: inadequate or non-existent files/docs.

Further advice: Listen to audio

Prototype manufacture

Explanation: making PCBs

Expectation/s: managed, turnkey

Risks: design/manufacture not separate

Further advice: Listen to audio

Testing

Explanation: testing the whole product

Expectation/s: market evaluation, function

Risks: market or function mis-specified

Further advice: Listen to audio

Coding

Explanation: actual software writing

Expectation/s: written well, just happen

Risks: badly done, do to QA standard

Further advice: Listen to audio

Firmware

Explanation: software for the electronics

Expectation/s: supportable and functional

Risks: QA plan, time underestimated

Further advice: Listen to audio

Production/Manufacture quotes

Explanation: volume enclosure manufacture

Expectation/s: scaleable, prompt, seamless

Risks: DfM, DfT, infrastructure

Further advice: Listen to audio

Testing

Explanation: testing of software, TDD

Expectation/s: function, aesthetics

Risks: new problems, unthorough

Further advice: Listen to audio

Testing

Explanation: testing PCB/firmware vs. specification

Expectation/s: device function, fit, conformance

Risks: poor spec, poor marketing, no contingency

Further advice: Listen to audio

Manufacture design

Explanation: injection mould/folded plastic/metal

Expectation/s: seamless manufacture

Risks: supplier review, infrastructure (QA)

Further advice: Listen to audio

Beta Trials

Explanation: review by early clients

Expectation/s: market onset problems solved

Risks: field action avoided

Further advice: Listen to audio

Beta Trials

Explanation: review by early clients

Expectation/s: market onset problems solved

Risks: field action avoided

Further advice: Listen to audio

Beta Trials

Explanation: review by early clients

Expectation/s: market onset problems solved

Risks: field action avoided

Further advice: Listen to audio

OES - ongoing support

Explanation: post development support

Expectation/s: managed OES

Risks: dissatisfaction, supply disruption

Further advice: Listen to audio

Pre-production batch

Explanation: control sample for production

Expectation/s: highlight scale issues

Risks: supply/function issues

Further advice: Listen to audio

OES - ongoing support

Explanation: post development support

Expectation/s: managed OES

Risks: dissatisfaction, supply disruption

Further advice: Listen to audio

OES - ongoing support

Explanation: post development support

Expectation/s: managed OES

Risks: dissatisfaction, supply disruption

Further advice: Listen to audio