Product Development

Product development workflow

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Product Development

Product development workflow

Product development is the process of designing, creating and marketing new products or services to benefit customers. It is focused on developing systematic methods for guiding all the processes involved in getting a new product to market.      

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What can you do if your project goes off track?

Posted by on Jul 8, 2012 in Product Development

There is no ideal solution as it depends on what stage the project is at or the customer need at a given time. Here are a few things that can be done to get that project back on track Expand the team Benefits – more team means shortened timelines Liabilities – time is needed from the existing team to train and get the new members up to speed Overtime Benefits – it works very well for a short period of time Liabilities – after the push the team will loose productivity and in the case of contractors it will cost you extra in comp time High value first – re-prioritize remaining...

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Launching products with critical features first

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in Product Development

In order to launch products with critical features first there are some best practices that will ensure the success. These are High value first Managing distributed teams User feedback is critical to product development There are benefits and challenges associated with each of these. High value first Benefits Challenges  There was a lot of focus on the high value first. Therefore always came back to what to do on a Friday night. In this case they knew who the customers were but did not get feedback until they launched some version of the product  Keeps the team focused in getting an early...

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The shortcomings of agile methods that user-centered design addresses

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Product Development

User-centered design (UCD) addresses specific methods around understanding the needs of the user e.g. how they do their current job, the problems they have with their workflow etc. Agile in general does not address these areas. Here is a list of some of these… Separation of Design from Engineering What is the scope of the system? Agile is about the clear separation of responsibility in the development process The developers create code and design the implementations of the system This is it’s strength The weakness is “what should be done?” i.e. what problem is being solved, what tasks will...

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Where do I find open source software?

Posted by on May 6, 2011 in Product Development

There are thousands of open source projects globally and a good place to find them is via  Source Forge Here are a few that peaked my interest. The RoboCup Soccer Simulator – The RoboCup Soccer Simulator is a research and educational tool for multi-agent systems and artificial intelligence. It enables for two teams of 11 simulated autonomous robotic players to play soccer (football). Brain workshop – Brain Workshop is a Python implementation of the Dual N-Back mental exercise. This exercise is the only mental activity that has been scientifically shown to improve your short-term...

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Interesting Source Forge projects

Posted by on Nov 24, 2010 in Product Development

I was curious as to what kinds of projects are on Source Forge, so I took a look. Here are a few that I might try out. The RoboCup Soccer Simulator – The RoboCup Soccer Simulator is a research and educational tool for multi-agent systems and artificial intelligence. It enables for two teams of 11 simulated autonomous robotic players to play soccer (football). Brain workshop – Brain Workshop is a Python implementation of the Dual N-Back mental exercise. This exercise is the only mental activity that has been scientifically shown to improve your short-term memory (working memory)...

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