The best word I know in any language is a Swedish word, lagom. Basically doesn’t translate well to English but more or less means “just right.” In the sense of not too much, not too little, kind of a Goldilocks type concept. To me lagom means seeking the proper balance, finding the right solution that is a proper compromise between all competing factors. We at Zebulon Solutions are currently in the progress of preparing a DVT and production quality plan–spanning DFMEAs, DVT testing, production test development and supply chain quality plan–for a customer. This customer is a late stage start-up, so well beyond the idea in a garage but still a start-up. Frankly our first internal pass at defining this production quality plan was detailed, well thought out, and all in all really excellent–for a much bigger customer. But it was anything but lagom for our start-up customer.
So we’re back to the proverbial drawing board (OK, no one uses drawing boards, or even drafting tables for that matter, any more–its all on PowerPoint) to try to right size this plan for the needs of our customer. It still needs to be detailed and well thought out, but needs to be tailored like a Nathan Road suit, not off the rack from everyone’s least favorite mass retailer. We’re working on it.
For more on lagom, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagom.
For more on productization (warning, shameless plug) see http://zebulonsolutions.com