Selecting the right outsourced product development partner to help you bring your product concept to life can make the difference between success and failure of a new product. For small entrepreneurs developing their first product, the right partner is critical to ensure milestones are met, and a high quality product is created, making customers and investors happy.
Choosing the right partner can be a daunting task. Should you select a one-stop-shop to do all of the work? Should you pick and industrial design firm or a contract manufacturer who claims to be able to do the product development work as well? Consider some of the following when determining your criteria for your development partner.
- Understands your vision. As you have initial discussions with potential partners, are they hearing your vision? Are they spending more time discussing themselves , versus listening to you to understand the product you are trying to create, it’s purpose and its benefits?
- Breadth of development expertise. It is likely that the product you are creating is complex, potentially leveraging advanced imaging technology, embedded hardware and software, and with options of using advanced devices like field programmable gate arrays (FPGA). When speaking with a potential partner, make sure they bring experience with each of these technologies.
- Regulatory Expertise. If your product is intended for use in a highly regulated market such as medical devices, you will need a partner that can help you navigate the regulatory complexities to move through any approvals and reviews processes as smoothly as possible. For example, does the partner understand what’s required for compliance with IEC 60601, IEC 62304, ISO 13485 and know how to ensure products will pass emission and various agency testing for UL and CE marking? This knowledge can save significant time in the project.
- Can manage trade-offs without sacrificing product vision. Your concept will go through many iterations during development. You partner should understand the typical constraints with complex product development, such as manufacturing efficiency, regulatory compliance, quality, and cost constraints, and be able to offer thoughtful options.
- Access to a partner ecosystem. The product development life-cycle contains many steps where a specific subject matter expertise is needed. Whether it is industrial design or contract manufacturing, does the partner have access to best in class industrial designers and contract manufacturers, with the ability to engage them at the appropriate time?
The right product development partner can make or break your project. Don’t leave your great concept in the hands of partner that isn’t listening or lacks the skills to take that concept and bring it manufacturability.
Resolution Development is a partner that brings a wide breadth of capabilities and partners to take your concept and make it a reality. To learn more about our expertise, visit www.resolutiondev.com.