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

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

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

Break down silos, build cross functional teams, and run twice as fast

This article first appeared on http://conceptspring.com/blog. What’s the number one challenge most product development teams face? Most teams would probably say: time. There is never enough time. Deadlines always come sooner than we want. How can we do more faster? When a product is relatively straightforward, the product team can … Read More

Cross functional leadership in product development

I’d like to take a moment and discuss cross functional leadership in product development. Let’s say we are working on the same product example I used before in my process post: For the purpose of this discussion, let’s assume we are working on a hypothetical consumer electronics device, to be … Read More

Offshoring and rightshoring

I’ve been chatting with hardware startups who are looking for a production partner. The topic of offshoring and rightshoring came up. Should they manufacture in the US, or abroad? What is right for their product and stage of business? How do they make this decision? I’ve had a lot of … Read More

Repeat after me: Hardware is NOT software

The Lean Startup / Customer Development, as most startup people know, was started by Eric Ries (author of “The Lean Startup“) and Steve Blank (author of “The Four Steps to the Epiphany” and “The Startup Owner’s Manual“. The basic tenet of Customer Development is to invest heavily in customer research … Read More

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

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