How to Assemble a Perfect Team For Your Smart Device Project
Over 70% of IoT projects fail, and lack of internal expertise is one of the most significant reasons for this issue. The solution seems to be obvious — just build a team of experts, and that’s it! However, building such a team is another challenge. Keep reading to discover what experts you should look for.
What Experts Your Team Should Include
IoT is a pretty specific area, so building an IoT device is virtually impossible without certain professionals. Here are some of them.
1. An industry expert
Your project is not likely to be completed in one month, so hiring an industry expert can be a great advantage — such a person will help to develop an efficient and long-term strategy covering all the project stages. In turn, a detailed plan will allow you to avoid diverse problems and difficulties and save your budget from unforeseen expenses.
Usually, you can find industry experts among business development managers, product owners, and software architects who happen to foresee technical challenges.
2. An electrical engineer
Without electrical equipment, even the most stylish smart gadget will immediately turn into a brick. But no worries, an experienced electrical engineer won’t let this happen. The list of their responsibilities includes designing, developing, and testing the electrical equipment. They should also control the manufacturing process to minimize possible defects.
Apart from making your device perfect from the electrical point of view, such engineer can help you to save your budget a bit — a true expert always knows what electrical components deliver the best performance and don’t cost a fortune at the same time.
By the way, here is a quick tip for you: when interviewing your potential electrical engineer, make sure that this person is aware of the latest wireless technologies (BLE, Z-Wave, Lora). If no, you should probably look for someone else.
3. A mechanical engineer
A mechanical engineer will be responsible for your smart device’s “acclimatization” in the real world and “collaboration” with users and other gadgets. This is exactly that person who will make sure that your gadget is able to survive different environmental conditions (for instance, changes of the temperature), implement all the essential relays and switches, contribute to the design development to ensure the gadget’s flawless installation, and so on.
4. An embedded firmware engineer
To make your smart gadget deliver its functions, an embedded firmware engineer will equip it with reliable firmware (sorry for this little tautology, but this is how it works). And by “reliable” we mean firmware with stable architecture and a fault recovery protocol.
Another great thing such engineer can do for you is minimizing your gadget’s energy consumption — thanks to a proper firmware, your device will be able to switch to sleep mode and, therefore, consume less energy (if applicable, of course). This feature can help it to succeed on the market, as between several devices with more or less similar functions, users are more likely to choose the one that won’t significantly affect their energy bills.
5. An industrial designer or a 3D modeler
Your project will definitely need a specialist responsible for the gadget’s style and aesthetics, and both an industrial designer and a 3D modeler can fit this role. But how to understand for which expert to look for? That’s easy: if you want a simple design, go for a 3D modeler. In case you want something more sophisticated, hire an industrial designer. The thing is that working with a 3D modeler usually costs less than cooperating with a designer. So before making a choice, carefully think what you want your gadget to look like — a right decision can help you to complete your project within your budget.
6. A manufacturing manager
Finally, when everything is designed and ready to be produced, you will need a manufacturing manager. This expert will make sure that a factory you’re going to sign a contract with doesn’t break the safety regulations, takes care of supply chain management and shipping, and so on.
When looking for a manager, try to find a person who knows a language and culture of a country where you are going to manufacture your smart gadget. It can be pretty complicated to find someone who speaks, for instance, Chinese and is familiar with their business customs, but we still recommend you to try. Manufacturing in China has a lot of advantages, and having such an expert on your team will help you to avoid the language barrier and all the related problems.
7. A manufacturing testing expert
To make sure that your gadget is absolutely ready to enter the market, you should also hire a testing expert who will be responsible for conducting all the essential tests and justifying the functionality of your device. Apart from this, a manufacturing testing expert will check if your product meets legal requirements and ensure that every smart gadget coming out of the factory gets a right serial number.
Obviously, that’s not the ultimate list — you may also need a project manager, a data scientist, a marketer, and other professionals. We mentioned only experts specific for IoT projects.
A Few Extra Tips on Building a Team For Your IoT Project
Now you know what experts you will need, so it is time to tell you a few tips on how to build a team responsible for your project.
Find out whom to look for
We have provided you with a list of experts you will need, but some of them may already be on the team. So, check if any of your team members have the required skills, and then create a list of professionals to look for and skills they must possess in the first place.
Besides, decide on the technologies and coding languages you are going to use, and then do the same thing — find out if your current team is missing any of the required skills and then, if it is essential, include the required specialists on the list. That’s obvious, but that’s the first thing to do, so we couldn’t skip it.
Ensure flawless communication
Good communication is crucial for any project’s success, and for the IoT ones, it is even more important. You are not likely to develop only a smart device — we guess you will also work on a related app. And if your hardware and software teams have any problems with understanding each other, your project will have much higher chances of failure.
Here we have an entire guide on how to ensure great communication, so check it to avoid potential misunderstanding.
Go for flexibility
Finding a company which can provide you with virtually a complete team is probably the best strategy, but we still recommend you to be flexible. Make sure that a chosen company will be able to add a few extra specialists to the team in case of necessity. This little trick will help you to deal with unexpected challenges and still complete the project on time.
So, now you know how to build a team for your smart device project. But if you have any extra questions, we will be happy to answer them and share our experience. Just send us a message, and we will get back to you very quickly.