This week’s video is all about the last few stages in a hardware product’s development cycle as it prepares for shipment to paying customers…sometimes the last 10% is really 80% of the work! At Guinn Partners, many of our clients make hardware products and some are shipping their first hardware product in volume. We generally engage with them 6-9 months before the target ship date to help with final preparation and production before launching to the public. I’ve often been surprised over the years just how few companies (especially young ones) follow any kind of outlined process when validating a product for mass production; so we decided to make a little video going over the EVT, DVT, PVT process.
If you’re making a hardware product (or plan to sometime in the future), you should definitely familiarize yourself with this process! It may save you from accidentally shipping a product that will need a recall. While the exact definition of what falls into EVT, DVT, and PVT vary by company and industry; the main point is to make sure you have some pre–defined process that you all agree to in order to release the next build. Different tests and validation needs to be completed at each stage before the next build. You can have multiple builds at each stage if necessary.
Watch the video here.