Ken Rother is an entrepreneur who has built and exited two successful tech/media startups. His experience is centered in operations, sales, product management, and technology. Mr. Rother is director of Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, which runs several hardware accelerator programs. He also is the managing director of eLab, an accelerator program for Cornell student startups, as well as a visiting lecturer of management at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.
Once you create a product prototype that meets your customers' needs, you are ready to plan for small-scale manufacturing. To do this, you need to know how to communicate effectively with manufacturers. In this course, you will assess a Bill of Materials, which lists each manufactured part and raw material that you need to create a product. You will also assess a Bill of Process, which is a flow chart of every step in the process of manufacturing a physical product. You will then write a plan to test your product that can ensure that it meets specifications. You will identify how to pick a manufacturer, create a positive working relationship, and understand contracting terms. You will also obtain manufacturing quotes for the product you created in the first course. Finally, you will plan post-production activities such as packaging, distribution, and shipping, with an eye toward an excellent unboxing experience.
You are required to have completed the following courses or have equivalent experience before taking this course:
- Building and Validating Prototypes
- Developing Product Specifications
How It Works
3-5 hours per week
100% online, instructor-led
Who Should Enroll
- Product managers
- Usability experts
- Software engineers