400+ pages of book is now in print and ePrint, from O’Reilly: Prototype to Product: A Practical Guide for Getting to Market“, is now on shelves both real and virtual.
The book is a systems-level, interdisciplinary look at how intelligent products (i.e., those containing electronics and software) can go from idea to shipping product, with minimal tears, curse words, and cash. I start off with the 11 deadly sins of product development, then walk through each major phase of the creation process: preliminary planning, detailed product definition, detailed development, and manufacturing. There are also some deeper-dive chapters on processor and OS selection, power, regulations, requirements, and “big-picture” process stuff.
While the book should prove handy for Makers looking to get to market, it’s also aimed at larger efforts, based on my experience in leading development teams for relatively complex products. From the Preface:
“The why behind this book is simple and selfish: it’s a book I’ve wished I had for years. Something that I can hand to team members, customers, and vendors to review those topics that come up time and time again, and to do it in an orderly and comprehensive way that gets everyone on the same page, and hopefully the right page.”
Whether you get the book or not, feel free to shoot me any questions on product development.