At Exclin, we know from first-hand experience that product innovation is a complex, multi-disciplinary process.
To design – or redesign – your product, you need to draw on an array of disciplines and skills, from creative design to user-focused research, from patent strategy to the integration of technology.
And you need to consider a wide range of business drivers, from sustainability to competition, from productivity to the bottom line.
To succeed, it’s vital to work out how these perspectives can fit together – so you create a product that meets both user needs and business goals.
At Exclin, we help you do this – using our expertise in the field of system engineering.
We create models that help you understand complex systems – and roadmaps to help you navigate through the complexity of product design.
In product innovation, you’ll face complex challenges that cut across different disciplines.
For example, you might need to make hardware and software work together to meet user needs.
System engineering models can help you do this – by breaking down the problem into its parts, and designing elegant solutions that take into account the constraints you face.
Often, you need identify and address gaps in the way existing products meet user needs.
System thinking can help do this – by using research methodologies to define users at each stage of the process, and including appropriate use cases in the system model.
When you want to design a product that takes into account of multiple stakeholder concerns – a challenge which requires creativity and discipline in equal measure – that’s when systems thinking really comes into its own.
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Our approach to product innovation involves the following steps:
We seek to understand the challenge you face from multiple perspectives. This allows us to define the constraints you face, using established models from engineering – and visualise the path to a solution.
Once we have defined the problem space, we combine top-down and bottom-up approaches – as well as creativity and analytical rigour – to identify available concepts and select one that meets your needs.
At this stage of development, we assess the lifecycle value of the proposed product; confirm the technological readiness to move to the next stage; and evaluate risks such as failure modes or environmental impacts, coming up with viable solutions.
We help identify partners to prototype an initial product pilot. We test the prototype to measure its functional and performance capabilities and demonstrate its value.
Armed with user feedback, we help identify improvements to the product parts and interfaces – and start successive approximation cycles to deliver value iteratively.
We prepare the product launch – aiming to deliver value and achieve profitable, sustainable growth.
How can we help you design and develop innovative products? Get in touch to start the conversation.