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Our Process:

Minimum Viable product

How do you keep a project on time, on cost and on spec?

The keeping a project inside the golden triangle of time, specification and cost seems like an impossible task.

 

Our process is based on focusing on setting a strong vision of what you want to achieve, outlining the important aspects to make that happen and then coming up with a plan to get there. 

It's quite simple really. We agree a timeline, budget and specification. This is usually done in milestones (using the below criteria) and then we work really hard to deliver it. Inheriting Earth only employees exceptional people. We are a small team that are well versed in delivering challenging projects.  Some of customers prefer bi-weekly updates, some international clients Skype once a week and meet quarterly. We will fit around your needs and time frame.  

Below outlines the process we follow to focus on this. 

What is a minimum viable product model?

All design is iterative, it is never truly finished. So when should you launch? If you are always improving on your last idea, a new feature, better optimisation or smoother manufacturing processes how will you get return on investment of all the research and design?

A Minimum Viable Product or MVP sets the minimum criteria for getting your product to market. In this example we are going to use a kettle. You will have a hundred specifications; it has to last 7 years, be CE marked, be ergonomic to use, not spill when poured etc.

The really important criterion is that you want the fastest boil on the market. It’s your key claim.

The MVP approach starts by just delivering that claim. Everything else comes after that.    

So why is it better?

MVP pulls the focus on what you need to do to get the product out the door. Setting the ‘Vision’ early means everyone knows what they need to achieve. This speeds up decision making. It stops people working on parts of the product that aren’t going to deliver the project, saving you money.

Don’t worry this It doesn’t mean it won’t be CE marked! It just means we won’t be investigating CE marking before we have proven we can boil water using our new fandangle technology. This about avoiding creating perfect rigs or that are beautiful but do not function. It’s about getting in the lab, building simple, cheap rigs that prove a single goal then moving on.

When starting with the microfibre capture device I spent £150 on materials and proved the concept in a few days. Its quick, short iterations that will show you if the idea has legs before you invest heavily in an idea that has poor fundamentals. 

Check out out milestone process below

EARLY CONCEPTS AND RESEARCH

NEW PRODUCT INNOVATION

INTEGRATION AND LIMITS TESTING

DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURE

Early concepts and research

For the Project

Our first steps are to find out the Vision for the product, what is unique about it? how is it different?

We then consolidate this idea into a one page summary document. It mixes vision with specification. We call it the Vision Specification. 

For the Product

In this phase we are providing proof of concept. Is the idea feasible? have we got test results to prove the project should continue. We will start looking at competitors and researching the technology. Once we think we understand how it could work then we come up with as many concepts as possible.

 

Breaking down the concepts we can identify the lead designs we wish to follow. We build technology rigs. In our kettle example they might be the heating element and provide the calculations to show feasibility of energy transfer to boil a cups worth of water in five seconds. 

Milestone Deliverable 

At the end of this phases we should have proof of concept that could be investigated further for securing intellectual property or securing further funding for investors. 

To use NASA's technology readiness level methodology this is TRL 1 - 3.

Early concepts and research

For the Project

Our first steps are to find out the Vision for the product, what is unique about it? how is it different?

We then consolidate this idea into a one page summary document. It mixes vision with specification. We call it the Vision Specification. 

For the Product

In this phase we are providing proof of concept. Is the idea feasible? have we got test results to prove the project should continue. We will start looking at competitors and researching the technology. Once we think we understand how it could work then we come up with as many concepts as possible.

 

Breaking down the concepts we can identify the lead designs we wish to follow. We build technology rigs. In our kettle example they might be the heating element and provide the calculations to show feasibility of energy transfer to boil a cups worth of water in five seconds. 

Milestone Deliverable 

At the end of this phases we should have proof of concept that could be investigated further for securing intellectual property. This stage is common for investors or manufacturers to come on board under NDA.

To use NASA's technology readiness level methodology this is TRL 1 - 3.

 
New Product Innovation

For the Project

This is about understanding all the minimum specifactions the product needs to achive to make it to market. We should have a test to prove that it is feasble for a pass.

For the Product

This phase focusing on taking our technology rigs and road testing them. how do they fail and why?

 

This is when we can create a range plan and if necessary test it in the market. We might investigate a rough bill of materials to develop a cost. float the idea past a few key customers under NDA. we might create rigs that look like and feel like the real thing a trial it with potential customer. Perform investigative robustness testing. Finding out what we don't know and critical areas of focus for the next iteration.   

Milestone Deliverable 

At the end of this phases we normally will be filing for design rights, patents and making the decision to look for licencing deals of the technology or to continue with creating a product. we should understand the market and have the relevant information to produce an investor or board members slide pack. 

To use NASA's technology readiness level methodology this is TRL 3 - 6.

 
Intergreation and limits testing

For the Project

We should be picking production methods, talking to suppliers, picking samples and starting to work towards manufacturing. We might start thinking about marketing campaign support and distribution. 

For the Product

This is an optimisation phase. If we make 100,000 units how could they fail? your taking the technology rigs and making it work with the chosen visual flawlessly. This is about lots of component rigs. then one integrated rig. we will start to investigate tooling actions or paths and put that into the design. by understanding all the technology you understand how it fails when geometry changes and we use that to intergreate.

For our kettle we might make a repetitive switching rig or test boiling dry cut outs. then create one we give to staff to try at home. Look how it is to use everyday. 

Milestone Deliverable 

At the end of this phases we should have proof of concept that could be investigated further for securing intellectual property. This stage is common for investors or manufacturers to come on board under NDA.

To use NASA's technology readiness level methodology this is TRL 7 - 8 .

 
Design for manudfacture

For the Project

This is all about getting the product on the shelves​. this phase is about signing deals with manufacturers, creating supply chains and distribution networks.

For the Product

this is the detail design phase. creating drawings, nailing all the manufacturing details, producing mould flow analysis, final testing and simulation like (finite element analysis - FEA) putting on all the blends, chamfers. truley crossing the T's and dotting the i's.

Milestone Deliverable 

This is when we pass the ​design over the chosen manufacturing partners either in house or subcontracted. start to get our first samples back and test them.

To use NASA's technology readiness level methodology this is TRL 8 - 9.

 
Certification and delivery

For the Project

we should be providing samples to distributors and suppliers 

For the Product

This is a validation phase

Milestone Deliverable 

At the end of this phases we should have proof of concept that could be investigated further for securing intellectual property. This stage is common for investors or manufacturers to come on board under NDA.

To use NASA's technology readiness level methodology this is TRL 7 - 8 .