Inventors Lab . . .   Product Development

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.  Either way, the process is unique to each new idea. The chaotic approach, though not as effective, is often the default because the individuality of each idea means the process steps are not clear.  As a guide to navigating each unique path, and to help you be more efficient and methodical, this article is an overview of several topics common in product development.

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

The 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. For information about turning a great idea into a cool product for the market — this article is a “must read”.

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 originally published on in 1998. It is written to answer questions that are 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 used 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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