Invention versus Engineering

Have you ever wondered why some product development projects run like clockwork and others are train wrecks? One reason some projects succeed while others do not is the failure to differentiate between what new aspects of the project will require invention as opposed to engineering. Engineering is, for the most part, predictable and lends itself to planning and scheduling. An invention, not so much. Failure to identify inventions necessary to a product’s success and to conduct that invention off the critical path is responsible for most of the train wrecks.

Upon initial consideration, the difference between the two definitions doesn’t appear all that significant. The objective of both invention and engineering is the creation of development of a device, method or process. Consequently, in the broad realm of new product development, it is very easy to lose sight of the fact that invention and engineering are not the same.

Finish Line has developed hundreds of new products, some requiring invention and many only requiring engineering. This white paper explains how to successfully differentiate between the two. We have 15 years of experience to support our findings and the expertise to help you succeed.

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