Innovative, market-leading products don’t just ‘happen’, they need effective planning and development which is why following a well structured new product design and development process is beneficial.
Although there are a number of existing design process’, through our history of challenging, fast turnaround, product, medical device and engineering projects in a broad range of industries, we recognised that the process of developing a new product wasn’t always clear to all stakeholders.
So, what is our new product development process at HD and, how do we ensure its clear and efficient for all stakeholders?
Clients typically need to know what work needs to be done, clearly understand the investment required and when to expect delivery – our Development WorkFlow is perfect for that!
Our workflow was created to enable every project stakeholder, to easily see what needs doing and when. It’s used from our very first client meeting until our involvement in the project is complete. It’s a highly visual, one page document, so a project’s requirements are crystal clear and all in one place. Our clients quickly understand they can enter, or leave at any phase or stage of the process. They can access just one or two services to complete their projects faster or, work with us on their full product or medical device project from concept to manufacture.
Our process is based upon BS.7000-2 with adaptations to suit learning from many projects over 20 years of design and engineering work. If you are considering new product development for the first time, it’s well worth spending some time getting to know the standard and our process before you start. If you have a team of designers who are regularly developing new products, then creating a bespoke workflow should be considered as this enables the whole team work to an effective process. This ensures more flexibility for people to move across projects as it’s much easier to pick up a project in a standardised workflow process than lots of projects all run in a different way. We recognise there are times for less structured and sprint type work, sometimes this can fast progress and bring rapid gains. However, this is early stage design work, and particularly for highly regulated industries, these activities still need to be incorporated into a structured and controlled process.
Here’s a quick summary of each stage of the workflow we have created together with what we do and the benefits each stage brings to the overall project:
We hope this answers some of your questions around what is the new product development process with examples and benefits. Developing new products and medical devices can be time consuming and expensive so adopting a suitable workflow and development process will provide clear direction of what needs to be done, will reduce iterations and minimise design loops.
Please get in touch to discuss the process in more depth and how we can help you with your product or medical device development!