There has been a lot of discussion about Lean Startup principles and whether they apply to new product development and R&D in manufacturing companies. What are some tips to doing a lean startup with a hardware product? Such ashow do you do lean startup without creating a product that's somewhat well designed? And how do you do that without spending tons of money?
Hardware has always in some ways been lean. Proof of concept development, alpha and beta prototypes, low volume iterations to validate the engineering, design, and production, etc. are all micro-steps in the entire hardware development process that by the very nature of intrinsic hardware risk are lean. Many of those early stages can be done on development kits, assembled by hand, and locally fabricated to reduce cost and time to next phase. With a startup, as many mentioned, you’ll want to stick to developing a the minimum hardware experience (MHE) required to bring financing or other milestone goals into play before embarking on a more traditional hardware development path.