Product development is the magic that turns circuitry, software, and materials into a product, but moving efficiently from concept to manufactured product is a complex process with many potential pitfalls. This practical guide pulls back the curtain to reveal what happens—or should happen—when you take a product from prototype to production.
For makers looking to go pro or product development team members keen to understand the process, author Alan Cohen tracks the development of an intelligent electronic device to explain the strategies and tactics necessary to transform an abstract idea into a successful product that people want to use.
Learn 11 deadly sins that kill product development projects
Get an overview of how electronic products are manufactured
Determine whether your idea has a good chance of being profitable
Narrow down the product’s functionality and associated costs
Generate requirements that describe the final product’s details
Select your processor, operating system, and power sources
Learn how to comply with safety regulations and standards
Dive into development—from rapid prototyping to manufacturing
Alan Cohen, a veteran systems and software engineering manager and lifelong technophile, specializes in leading the development of medical devices and other high-reliability products. His passion is to work with engineers and other stakeholders to forge innovative technologies into successful products.
Chapter 1The 11 Deadly Sins of Product Development
Chapter 4Preliminary Planning: Can This Be a Success?
Can It Make Money?
Can We Develop It?
Go? No Go?
Chapter 5Detailed Product Definition
The Road Ahead: An Overview
So, What Will It Do? Specifying Our Product
From What, to How and Who
Technical Risk Reduction
Updated COGS Estimate
Go/No Go: Redux
Chapter 6Detailed Development
Detailed Development Process
Moving into Manufacturing
Chapter 7Smart Platforms: Processors
Big Iron: Desktop- and Server-Class Processors
Other Hardware Platforms
Chapter 8Smart Platforms: Operating Systems
Board Support Packages (BSPs)
Chapter 9Powering Our Product
Wall Outlets: AC-to-DC Power Conversion
DC-DC Power Conversion
System-Level Power Design
Chapter 10Staying Safe: Regulations, Standards, Etc.
Navigating US Regulations
Batteries at 35,000 Feet
Quality Systems and ISO 9001
Chapter 11Writing Requirements That Work
Requirements Versus Goals Versus Specifications
The Case Against Requirements
Writing Good Requirements
Positive Requirements Versus Lurking Requirements
Great Requirements Come from Great Participation
Chapter 12Meta-Stuff: Project Planning and Infrastructure
Prototype to Product
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Al is a software and systems engineer/manager and lifelong technophile who’s been engaged in developing medical devices and other high-reliability products. His passion is in working with fellow engineers and diverse stakeholders to forge innovative technologies into products that fill a need and that people like to use.
He’s the author of a successful textbook on computer communications, numerous articles (most recently on the topics of developing home telemonitoring systems and using Android as an OS for medical devices). Al lives with his wife Marian and son Ben in Newton MA.
The cover image is a Steam Engine engraving from iStock. The cover fonts are URW Typewriter and Guardian Sans. The text font is Scala Pro; the heading fonts are URW Typewriter and Benton Sans Condensed; and the code font is Dalton Maag's Ubuntu Mono.