During the product design, there are different development stages which require different types of prototypes. The first question you should ask yourself is what type of prototype do you need. Is it to demonstrate the functionality of the product, a simple visualization, or getting it ready for manufacture?
One of the by-products of being an engineer is that I tend to focus on what’s going wrong, or could go wrong, on a project instead of acknowledging project success.
While this is an excellent mindset for solving problems and performing risk management, in the realm of managing people, it falls short.
Fortunately, we have an excellent VP of engineering, John Dring, who remembers to celebrate the little wins. Yesterday, we had a big one where electronics, firmware and mechanical all came together for a startup project we are working on. The integration went very smoothly with the electrical and firmware performing as was expected. Our startup client was thrilled to see their product come to life! Below is John’s quick email to the team:
“Congrats and thanks to the team who worked tirelessly to make this happen. Great job everyone!”
Walt Maclay, Voler Systems President, was one of three expert leaders for the Expert Session on Engineering Design & Development at the 2018 Silicon Valley Hardware Symposium on September 20, 2018, along with Mark Brinkerhoff of
FusionDesign and Bob Martin at