A core aspect of Simplexity’s product development process is to “brainstorm from a systems perspective.” While modern smart products are built from components made of materials such as plastic, metal, and composites, they are much more than the sum of their parts. It is the careful and successful integration of different technologies brought together by a multi-disciplinary engineering team that brings a product to life. At Simplexity, the systems engineering team ties together the pieces from various technologies into a holistic product.
The systems engineering team takes a cross-cutting look at a product and focuses on delivering the core features in the most efficient manner possible. This starts by working closely with the client to understand product functionality as well as user interaction and expectations. These requirements are captured in use cases and ultimately a product requirements document (PRD), then transformed into the technical requirements used for design and its subsequent verification. We then bring the full design team together to discuss the product needs and brainstorm solution concepts, filtering and refining those down to the very best candidates. By looking at the entire system instead of just the pieces, we ensure that the overall design remains balanced and optimal.
Going forward, the system engineer works with the project manager to guide the technical portion of the design, keeping the engineering disciplines aligned. This guarantees that the solution utilizes each of the technology pieces in the best manner possible to yield the most cost effective and highest performance possible.
As the project progresses, the systems engineering team and project manager remain in tight communication with the client so that project learnings and newly discovered product needs can be assessed for impact to the program, and changes integrated as needed.
As the project nears completion, the system engineering team guides the product testing so that both components and the overall system are fully tested and verify that the design meets the requirements defined at the start of the project.