2018 was full of challenges (old and new) for product developers bringing new products to market.

Agility is key in the midst of trade tensions

  • 62% say tariffs have increased their material/component costs
  • More teams are turning to local options for prototyping and production manufacturing

Bridging the production gap is still high risk

  • 30% of respondents don’t stay on budget and 38% don’t stay on schedule
  • 43% of companies don’t have adequate resources to manage manufacturing

Teams are running lean to make success happen

  • 61% of respondents are doing work outside of their job responsibilities—But when it works, it’s the most satisfying job in the world