Helping bring product ideas to life

Innovation process

Like most things in life, the precise process of commercialising a new idea is unique to each product and application. However, it can help to start with a process ‘blueprint’ which comprises a logical sequence of common tasks.

The blueprint below is the path chosen by Devkit Magazine for managing the development of projects passing through its DevLab. It is optimised for the small-scale development of niche, low to medium volume applications, inline with today’s focus on the internet-of-things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 type products.

At first glance, the process looks time consuming, complex and expensive. It’s not. Some steps can be completed in minutes, some can be combined and some can be eliminated altogether. Consider it a living organism which morphs over time.

During each DevLab project our editors will use lessons learned to add practical advice to each step while refining and optimising the overall process.


February 19, 2017

Explain what problem you have identified and why there is value in providing a solution?

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March 1, 2017

Visualise what your ideal solution to this problem would look like and explain why?

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Market Research Phase 1

April 1, 2017

Explore other people’s attempts to solve this problem to confirm your solution is superior.

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Technical Research

May 1, 2017

Compile a list of technologies required to assemble a proof-of-concept prototype

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Proof of Concept

June 1, 2017

Hand assemble a one-off, proof-of-concept prototype to demonstrate the viability of the solution to yourself and others  

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Market Research Phase 2

July 1, 2017

Demonstrate your proof-of-concept to potential users, customers, distributors, retailers etc.

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Finance Round 1

August 1, 2017

Organise the finances required to manufacture a batch of production prototypes

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Production Prototype

September 1, 2017

Manufacture a batch of production prototypes to accurately represent the finished product

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