Product developmentProduct development may be described as the group of activities that converts a good idea to a product delivered to an end-customer.
The activities include:
Joined sessions:with the customer in order to explore:
- hidden meaning and functionality
- alternative implementations of the idea
Explore alternatives. How can we get the same result using different techniques/approaches?
Write a document describing the new product/system. Also during this phase the customer is heavily involed. It's actually a translation of his wish-list. The document specifies how the customer will be able to use the product and what the capacities and properties will be. It is also a proof of the fact that we have understood the requirements of our customer.
The overall design may consist of several part like: mechanical, electronics (hardware) and software.
Simulations and tests:
Internal simulations, tests and other means will be used to discover design flaws a s early as possible.
This will show the result of the work carried out. They will be tested first at our office. After internal approval the prototype will be handed over to our customer. We find it very handy to keep one sample at out office in order to be able to verify any complaints from the customer or field. So at least 2 prototypes will be produced. At the customers wish and depending on the change of a right-first-time, more prototypes may be produced. Generally prototypes can have some hand soldered wires.
After testing by our customer a decision is made to either appove the design or do a field test.
A field test is done when products from the regular production will be sold and transferred over a large region. In that case you want to make sure that the products do not contain any hidden flaws.
After the product gets approved production in larger quantities may be started. This means that the design and develment phase is ended and that production can commence. During the production phase, IBB is still involved in order to guard the product quality and to be able to adapt the product once markets require so. If needen, IBB is also involved with the repairs from the field. Carefull and structured analysis may point to to hidden flaws potential failure in the future. This information is necessary to adapt the design as soon as possible.