Inventors Lab . . .   Developing Your Product

Getting Started

Product Development” is a phrase describing the transformation of an idea into a usable product.  It is a process which is sometimes chaotic, or sometimes methodical.  Though the methodical approach is more effective, chaotic is often the default simply because the steps are not always clear.  Each new idea is unique in some way, so the steps are different.  Yet, there are commonalities.  As a guide in navigating each unique path, Synthesis has published an article that is an overview of several topics common in product development.

The Product Development ProcessThe article, “The Product Development Process“, discusses the needs of inventors (and others) as they take ideas from concept to customer.  The article is a guide with several topics, direction questions, and an overview of what’s involved in the process.  Hopefully, it also gives a feel for the scope.

The PDP article is general enough to explore a wide range of products and processes, yet specific enough to show the road to travel.  It includes several pages with different topics, and an ongoing illustrative example.  Call it the source for information about turning a great idea into a cool product for the market.

Developing Your Product

It would be great to write now just what you need to advance your product.  But, what is your product idea?

There are, of course, many ideas, each with a unique direction to go.  Some involve various levels of design and then maybe prototypes.  Some ideas involve a lot of research into what others have done (to avoid stepping on someone’s patent, at least).  Most ideas will take some iteration with new learning guiding the way to a better and better final product.

You are doing the first best step right now.  You are reading and learning about what it takes, and that is the best way to avoid costly dead-ends.  Keep reading, and make a plan for success.  Follow the process outlined in the article above.  Good Luck.


A related article, “Patents:  Protecting Your Big Idea” is an informative overview of patents and intellectual property, originally published on  It is reprinted here with permission.
About the PDP Article

This article, “The Product Development Process“, was first published on in 1998. It is here to answer questions commonly asked by inventors, because the path to a final product and happy customers is not as easy as it sounds.

Since first publication, the article has undergone 3 major revisions and is published (with permission) in 3 languages and in multiple places around the globe. It is now in education and training materials for entrepreneurs, both in business and in scholastic settings. If you’re thinking about developing a product, or taking an idea from concept to market, it really is worth reading.

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