Tips to successfully manage product development without a technical background

Managing product development is difficult. Especially when you don't have a technology background and you are doing it for the first time. We have worked with many such business owners to help them develop hardware and software products. Throughout the years we have also discovered there's a lot of inaccurate advice out there. This article [...]

December 15th, 2016|Categories: Design Tips, Management, Project Management, V2016|

The Engineering Manager’s Journey for Engineering Excellence

For engineering managers who want to create workplace environments for high performance and engineering excellence, learning from peers is a great way to become a better manager. Here are some lessons learned from peer engineering leaders as they share their journeys. Transitioning into Your New Engineering Management Role In Charles-Axel Dein's blog, he shares what [...]

August 24th, 2016|Categories: Management, Project Management, V2016|

Walt Maclay on Dealing with Unpleasant Surprises

I recently interviewed Walt Maclay, president of Voler Systems, on the topic of reporting project status to clients. He highlighted that the real benefit of the methodology appears when the team runs into issues. He shared with me the weekly status report and we discussed what happens when things go wrong. Below are my notes from [...]

April 5th, 2016|Categories: Project Management, V2016|

Strengths: Customer Service, Identifying Risk, Best Design Approach

  "Voler is really good at identifying risks and finding the best way to do a project." Review from VendOp    

February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Customer References, Project Management, Testimonials|

Advice to Hardware Startups

Avoid risk in making your new product. At the beginning of each new project, we spend a lot of time understanding the context of the design to identify the important tradeoffs and parameters.  This helps us to understand the possibilities and best solution for each problem.  Sometimes our advice is not limited to design issues like power, size, wireless, [...]

July 21st, 2015|Categories: Management, Project Management, V2015|

Common Errors Transferring Products to Test

by Dan Orlando & Walt Maclay 1. Recognizing the need for testing Many people don’t realize how important testing is to the product manufacturing process.  After manufacturing, each board should be tested to ensure only good products are shipped.  Despite excellent quality control at the best contract manufacturers, there can be errors in PCB fabrication, PCB assembly, flaws [...]

April 11th, 2015|Categories: Design Tips, Project Management, Test Systems, V2015|

Why the Last 10% takes 90% of the Time

Any engineering manager will recognize the 90/10 rule of project management, where the first 90% is completed in 10% of the time, but the last 10% is the most agonizing and will take 90% of the time. Like an iceberg where typically only one-tenth of its volume is above water, a lot of what is going on [...]

April 11th, 2015|Categories: Design Tips, Project Management, V2015|Tags: |

Roundup: What makes a great project manager?

Great project management is not just empty promise for us; it is something we work at to get better. So we reached out to clients and partners asking them "What makes a great project manager?" Here is a roundup of what we heard: "A great Project Manager is someone who is able to work with [...]

February 3rd, 2015|Categories: Project Management, V2015|Tags: |

How to Get Your Product Made: Idea to Product

So you have a product idea. It can be quite a challenge to go from idea to product. Here are some tips on how to navigate through the process of designing your product, finding a manufacturer, as well as how to optimize your relationship with your manufacturer so that you and your customers are happy. Step 1: [...]

October 4th, 2014|Categories: Design Tips, Project Management, V2014|Tags: |

Point of Sale (POS) System Delivered Ahead of Schedule

With intense deadline pressure to demo a new working system at an upcoming tradeshow, a global manufacturing firm based in China turned to Voler Systems for help. They contacted us 8 weeks before the tradeshow, but like many large organizations, it took four weeks to give us approval to start. They were committed to a [...]