Inventor's Guide
Customer/User Knowledge
Customer/User Knowledge
Customers and users must drive the design and development of hardware. Solutions should be user centric and delivered at a competitive price point. This segment of the guide is focused on gaining intimacy with who will buy and use your hardware, how they will do so and factoring in their environmental/financial cues.
Hardware Validation & Development
Hardware Validation & Development
Ideating, prototyping, developing, testing and validating hardware should take place within a structured process that encourages and ensures feedback and iteration. This element of the guide presents tools, techniques and questions for refining, scrutinizing & iterating your hardware to achieve a successful level of function, safety, use & longevity.
Manufacturing Optimization
Manufacturing Optimization
It is never too early to consider how you are going to manufacture your hardware. Design for manufacture illuminates considerations such a tooling, supply chains, maintenance and cost - all key considerations. This segment focuses on ensuring feasibility, efficiency, scalability & alignment with the manufacturing realities for your hardware.
Implementation Strategy
Implementation Strategy
Your hardware only has impact if it reaches customers in a consistent, scalable and sustainable way. Defining and refining your business model and scaling strategy will require deep market and customer knowledge, lots of testing, user feedback and likely several pivots. This element of the guide is focused on turning your hardware into a scalable business.
Customer/User Knowledge

Customer/User Knowledge

Customers and users must drive the design and development of hardware. Solutions should be user centric and delivered at a competitive price point. This segment of the taxonomy is focused on gaining intimacy with who will buy and use your hardware, how they will do so and factoring in their environmental/financial cues.

Hardware Validation & Development

Hardware Validation & Development

Ideating, prototyping, developing, testing and validating hardware should take place within a structured process that encourages and ensures feedback and iteration. This element of the taxonomy presents tools, techniques and questions for refining, scrutinizing & iterating your hardware to achieve a successful level of function, safety, use & longevity.

Manufacturing Optimization

Manufacturing Optimization

It is never too early to consider and explore the manufacture of your hardware. Design for manufacture illuminates considerations such a tooling, supply chains, maintenance and cost - all key considerations for effective prototyping, especially in locations with limited engineering infrastructure and ecosystems. This segment focuses on ensuring feasibility, efficiency, scalability & alignment with the manufacturing realities for your hardware.

Implementation Strategy

Implementation Strategy

Your hardware can only have impact if it reaches your customers/ users in a consistent, scalable and sustainable way. Defining, understanding and refining your business model and scaling strategy will require deep market/ customer knowledge, lots of testing/ feedback and likely several pivots. This element of the taxonomy considers turning your hardware into a product. Detailing how, where & who will deliver the product to the customer/user & how business will grow/be sustained.