Posts by David Dobson

Notable players like Google and Apple are rushing to bring their versions of ‘healthcare’ monitoring devices and Digital Health  applications to market.  All of this is very exciting and offers lots of value to those who embrace the technology. They’re developing new and easy to navigate products that transfer the responsibility of managing an individual’s […]

Money, Innovation and Good Management    The success of a new venture, even a great technology company, depends only partially on the effectiveness of the new technology to solve a problem. Verifying the ability of a new management team to plan out the agenda of an enterprise, motivate/manage people and resources towards measurable goals is […]

In my travels I frequently come across an interesting group of people, who, regardless of location and considerable education, share a common misunderstanding of how successful products are developed. These individuals reside in newly formed companies that have spun out of university and/or hospital settings. Companies composed of very smart scientists/doctors/academics (who are often the […]

I remember reading a few years ago about how everything was becoming a commodity.  Several articles proclaimed that all physical products are or will be, sometime in the not so distant future, made so cheaply and have such wide distribution, that everyone, everywhere will have access to everything, and at reasonable cost.  At the time […]

I’ve worked in product development in a number of roles for almost 27 years, most of it with consulting firms. I’ve tended to migrate to the consulting world because of the wide variety of projects and the never ending opportunities to learn. If you’re a high energy person with a curious mind, a great work […]

Competing interests Getting the process, activities and priorities of a product development organization right is one of the most important things a company can do.  The cost and time it takes to bring a product to market necessitates the involvement, at one time or another, of a lot of people and most departments in a company.  […]

As Bob Dylan sang many years ago…”The times they are a-changin’”.   What was true for him in 1964, is also true for those developing medical devices over the next few years.  From onerous new regulatory requirements to the scarcity of investment capital, aging demographics, and new governments and their policies, many factors are causing a […]

Ever since I entered the world of product development, I’ve heard countless pitches from sales people who work for large contract manufacturing service providers – pitches that focus not so much on their capabilities and unique/real value, but more about the size of their organizations.  The shtick goes something like this: “We have 10 factories, […]

A couple of years ago I was on the corporate side of the equation.  After 16 years in consulting, I took a gig with a California based, consumer electronic, laptop and smartphone accessory company.  In this role I was responsible for certain functions of product development, including managing the Industrial Design team.  Because of this, […]

The world is full of opportunities to take what you’ve learned in school and life and apply your energy and efforts in ways that allow you to gain a personal profit from your work. This is the easiest and most common route because making money from the application of skill sets and experience provides rewards, both […]