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

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

EBook: Bringing a New Hardware Product to Market

Throughout the spring semester, I have been working with student startup teams at MIT, helping them apply Bill Aulet’s Disciplined Entrepreneurship framework to figure out who their customer is, how their target market works, how they will acquire customers, and what their financial outlook may look like in the next … 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

Prototyping and manufacturing hardware products

As a mentor and coach to MIT startup teams working on integrated hardware and software products, I find that everybody keeps running into the same recurring challenge: prototyping and manufacturing hardware products at different stages of the R&D cycle. From idea to mass produced item, a hardware product goes through … Read More