In the modern era, a progressive approach to product development must embody speed, flexibility, and a keen focus on the needs of the market. These attributes form the core of our rapid hardware iteration process at IRNAS. By adapting well-established methodologies to our unique context, we’ve enhanced our product development journey, achieving faster product development times and providing a higher level of customization for our clients. More about our use of specific methodologies in an upcoming post.
The Power of Rapid Hardware Iteration
As Eric Ries explains in “The Lean Startup,” iterative product development is a key component of lean thinking. At IRNAS, we’ve embraced these principles by adopting a two-week iteration time for hardware and printed circuit boards (PCBs). This swift turnaround allows for a streamlined product discovery process, speeding up the transition from ideation to implementation.
An Efficient and Cost-Effective Approach
Our philosophy at IRNAS is that the best use of our engineers’ time is to gain hands-on experience, think through challenges, and understand potential problems. This approach ensures a swift transition from design to production, allowing for quicker identification of errors and faster progression to the next iteration.
We’ve optimized the pace of development by incorporating regular practices such as ordering boards twice a week. This not only reduces guesswork but also streamlines the process. Our focus on embracing “you’ll definitely be wrong, better to be wrong faster” allows us to converge rapidly on the right solution that fits both our clients and the market.
To ensure optimal efficiency throughout a project, we’ve found that it’s key to prioritize features most valuable to our clients before the development phase even begins. Stay tuned for our upcoming post where we’ll delve into how we introduce agile development to our clients.
Embracing Collaboration in Agile Product Development
One of the key principles of the Agile Manifesto is “customer collaboration over contract negotiation,” and it’s no different at IRNAS. Our open design office fosters clear communication among specialists. Sprints and kickoff meetings ensure all necessary team members are involved in each project phase, emphasizing the value of “individuals and interactions” inspired by Agile Manifesto .
We at IRNAS are harnessing the power of rapid hardware iteration, cost-effective development, and cross-specialty collaboration to deliver quality, customized products within impressive timelines. This reflects our unwavering commitment to agility and efficiency in an increasingly competitive and fast-paced market.
In our upcoming blog post, we’ll delve deeper into our practices. We will explain how we’ve taken some established methodologies and tailored them to our unique context to optimize our processes.
Stay tuned to learn more about our journey toward aligning our processes with these innovative approaches. We want to share not only the benefits we’ve gained, but also the lessons we’ve learned, and tips we’ve gathered from our experiences. We look forward to sharing these insights with you.