Over the last several years, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with a couple of very different types of product development organizations. I’ve managed larger teams of designers and engineers engaged in the creation of Consumer Electronic (CE) products, and I’ve been a part of equally exciting companies dedicated to the development of highly […]
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The benefits of a ‘fee for service’ business model are many. Product development consultancies meet a real need with established companies wanting to break the mold and innovate, as well as with young firms who need significant expertise early in their existence, but don’t have the resources or time to scale up internally. I’ve compiled […]
All products and services are eventually commoditized. The only way to maintain leadership and profitability in a market is to innovate. Innovation in and of itself is pointless unless it finds a useful and compelling application with a group of financially capable and willing end users. This being the case, innovation is the key element […]
Over the last 30 years there have been a dramatic series of changes in the way products are developed. The technologies we employ in medical device development have advanced substantially and the cost of equipment used in this activity has gone down greatly. Even more importantly, a shift of emphasis has taken place. Where once […]
A company’s culture is directly related to the number of individuals that have real input into the decision making process of the business. Some large companies run like start-ups, complete with all the chaos, energy and confusion that normally accompanies small venture funded and owner-operated businesses. The opposite can be true of many small businesses. […]
Each day when I come to work, I’m surrounded by a large group of very smart, extremely analytical engineers, physicists….and others of the same ilk. You can easily spot them when you enter the office, because they carry the tell-tale signs of their brotherhood – they delight to gather in small groups and chat about […]
Over the last 2 decades I’ve watched how companies evaluate and choose a development partner. Some are given to impulse and others are highly analytical and methodical in their approach. Of all the things I’ve learned, five things stand out as potential decision drivers that need to be excluded from the process.