R&D Q’s: How many Prototypes should I build?



Thomas Edison took 10,000 tries to build a lightbulb.


James Dyson build 5,126 prototypes of his bagless vacuum


More prototypes is better. Each one will improve the understanding of the idea.



Last year I wrote an article about spending your design/development budget on prototypes, not labor.


Prototypes don't have to be physical!​ Examples of prototype techniques:

  • Sketches and diagrams

  • 3D printing or rapid model

  • Works-Like model

  • Looks-Like model

  • Digital Wireframe

  • Role-play through VR/AR

  • Working model ​​

  • Video prototype

Use prototypes to learn what works (and what doesn't) as quickly as possible.


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