I don’t want to sound like the messenger of Doom,
but facts are facts. There are certain things you need
to do…to accomplish certain other things. That’s just
how life works.
Engineering is no different. In fact, it’s probably a lot
more complex than most things you will do in life.
Engineering is fun, when you understand it but
god-awfully complicated, when you don’t. And as is
true about creating anything new – be it a piece of
software, a winch or a kitchen appliance – new
product development or NPD, as it is often referred
to in engineering jargon, requires knowledge,
patience, the right environment, skills, sufficient
budget and at times… some outside help.
Why do I need outside help?
It's one thing for a 5-year old to hum to the tune of
"I can do this alone, all on my own, I’m grown...", and
another thing for you to adopt the same mantra and
take the burden of new product development as a
solo effort. Depending on where you are based,
there could be several factors that make a case for
seeking outside assistance. Things like acute
shortage of technical talent, willingness to work in
remote/rural locations and increasing costs
associated with high local wages. It's for situations
like these that identifying a partner with a deep and
experienced engineering talent pool in a lower cost
region might make a lot of practical business sense.