So, in response to the blog post from yesterday, here are two rules that could guide how component revisions impact assembly-level revisions. This is a tricky call to make because if you always let minor changes to low-level parts trigger new revisions to your top-level product assemblies (and all the intervening sub-assemblies), you end up…
Added by Alyssa Sittig on May 17, 2012 at 1:28pm — No Comments
I have been hanging out a lot with a friend (let's call her Michelle) who is in the middle of prototyping - - let's just say I am frequently reminded how difficult it is to actually turn an idea into a physical product.
(That particular skill isn't…Continue
Added by Alyssa Sittig on March 28, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments
I wanted to share this cool infographic from the Arena Blog - 5 ways you can prepare your business to scale. This seems to be focusing mostly on how you can prepare as a hardware company (product data, operations/engineering focused) but I think it's a nice check list for anyone involved with bringing a product to market.…Continue
Added by Alyssa Sittig on February 29, 2012 at 11:21am — No Comments
I just wrote a post on the Arena Blog about big picture questions to ask when launching a new product.
Answering these questions (what is the overall expected revenue, are there additional headcount needs, etc) is often the job of…Continue
Added by Alyssa Sittig on January 25, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments
There was a time when everyone was so impressed by intelligent part numbering schemes that choosing to adopt one was a no-brainer.
But things have changed. If you're growing quickly with a wide variety of parts, or have a globally dispersed or complicated manufacturing process, intelligent part numbering could actually be a difficult system to maintain as you grow.
If you're trying to decide if it's right for you, here are a few pros and cons of intelligent part…Continue
I always enjoy reading the musings of my company's CTO, Eric Larkin. I found his most recent post about open-design hardware particularly interesting.(Not to mention, I appreciated the throw-back to the days of…Continue
Added by Alyssa Sittig on November 3, 2011 at 12:12pm — No Comments
A little while ago I met with Arena CTO Eric Larkin to discuss the minimum viable product design model and tips for implementing it into your product design process. (Full recap of the subject matter here.)
I've been thinking about it since then, and wondered if this is a model that could work for hardware designers, as it has been really effective for us (a software…Continue