Hardware Product Development Process

This post is the prequel to my prototyping and manufacturing series. It is also the foundation for my book, “Bringing a Hardware Product to Market: Navigating the Wild Ride from Concept to Mass Production”. Here is a quick whiteboard sketch from one of those conversations.  It illustrates key stages of the hardware … Read More

Product Planning Series: Requirements

This is the sixth post in my Product Planning Series. The mere word “requirements” can make a lot of startup people wince. It conjures up the bad old days where folks spend months developing an MRD, PRD and a Functional Specification. It brings up images of Stage-Gate and classic Waterfall processes. … Read More

Product Planning Series: From use cases to storyboards

This is the fifth post in my Product Planning Series. My approach to product development revolves around user-centered design. The basic tenet of this philosophy is that the product team must be equipped with a thorough understanding of the end user’s needs, wants, expectations and limitations in order to create … Read More

Product Planning Series: Project Management

This is the fourth post in my Product Planning Series. Bringing up a new web app is much more than a technical project management effort.  Any new product or service development program is a massively interdisciplinary exercise.  In order to have a successful outcome all affected constituencies will need to be … Read More

Product planning series: Staffing for success

This is the third post in my Product Planning Series. I decided to write this post after realizing that the actual activities and functional disciplines involved in building a new product are not necessarily apparent to people new to the game or seasoned professionals who come out of an unrelated … Read More

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