Bench to Community Seminar - Series 2, Session 5: Using Consulting Agencies During Development
From Laura Osborne
Translating an innovation from the research stage into early-stage development for commercialization can be facilitated by using targeted consultant agencies for their area-specific expertise. Attendees will learn about common practices in evaluating and engaging/hiring consultants. Our guest speaker, Bruce Ferris, will illustrate with comments on using an engineering design consultancy in the translation of a lab design or early prototype into a mass-producible entity.
Defining work needed in a project brief, anticipated project stages and review
Resourcing/finding the right consultant for the right job; Competency, Capacity, Commitment, Cost, Culture, Communication
Defining the project/consulting contract
Services on follow-through and implementation the consultant can provide to your business
Example: using an engineering design consultancy for prototype development, evaluation and design for manufacturing volumes