Announcing “Bringing a Hardware Product to Market” (new book)

In early 2014, I wrote a blog post about the hardware product development process. I was working with new hardware startup teams, many from MIT. It became clear that they all faced a two-fold challenge. First, this was their first time around, and they had no frame of reference for … Read More

How KinderLab Robotics built the first 1000 KIBO’s

This is the first article in a multi-part series about sourcing components for a 2000 unit build.  These posts are meant for new hardware teams going through the process for the first time. Part 1: Sourcing COTS parts Part 2: Sourcing custom parts Part 3: Final Assembly Case Study: How Kinderlab … Read More

Building 2000 Units Of a New Product: Final Assembly

This is the third article in a multi-part series about sourcing components for a 2000 unit build.  These posts are meant for new hardware teams going through the process for the first time. Part 1: Sourcing COTS parts Part 2: Sourcing custom parts Part 3: Final Assembly Case Study: How Kinderlab … Read More

Building 2000 Units Of a New Product: Sourcing Custom Parts

This is the second article in a multi-part series about sourcing components for a 2000 unit build.  These posts are meant for new hardware teams going through the process for the first time. Part 1: Sourcing COTS parts Part 2: Sourcing custom parts Part 3: Final Assembly Case Study: How Kinderlab … Read More

Building 2000 Units Of a New Product: Sourcing COTS Parts

This is the first article in a multi-part series about sourcing components for a 2000 unit build.  These posts are meant for new hardware teams going through the process for the first time. Part 1: Sourcing COTS parts Part 2: Sourcing custom parts Part 3: Final Assembly Case Study: How Kinderlab … Read More

Beyond Duct Tape: How to pick a product design partner

This post is designed for new hardware teams who have validated their technology via a duct tape prototype.  Your founding team has great R&D skills.  With a little fishing wire and bubble gum, and a generous amount of duct tape, you have proved the efficacy of your solution.  You are … Read More

How a Big Company can Run Fast Like a Startup

This post first appeared on xconomy.com. What does the word “startup” mean to you? Many words can come to mind: new, exciting, experimental, small, lean, agile, fast. To me, “startup” mostly makes me think of “agile” and “fast.” In an early stage startup, everybody is focused on the same thing. … Read More

The human side of managing development

For all my recent writings about project management and associated tools, project management is ultimately about interacting with people.  The best tools and methodologies won’t work if the project leader is not comfortable dealing with the human side of managing development. I recently moderated a round table discussion with a group of entrepreneurs, … Read More

Common project management tools

This post is for product people who are new to project management. In my last post I touched on project management tools.  What are some available frameworks and tools that can help us manage projects? Here are a sampling of common frameworks and associated tools.  Your mileage may vary. As … Read More

Five steps to successful project management

  Image credit: http://www.smartsheet.com/ Recently I’ve moderated many conversations on managing engineering development work.  How do we set goals and objectives? How do we stay on track with timelines and milestones? How do we coordinate work? Many brilliant technical people can get a massive amount of work done by themselves. … Read More

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