OSE Scaling Strategy

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(last updated July 1, 2011)

The goal of OSE is to scale parallel development to the order of $150k/month funding level by year-end 2011, in order to hire subject matter experts for prototyping of the various devices at a cost of about $15k/prototype, or $45k per product release (3 prototypes). Currently, we are running on $7k/month budget levels.

Accesssing $150k/month budget levels would allow us to run 10 project development efforts in parallel. Assuming that this is in place for January, 2012 - then 2012 would allow 40 products to be developed, assuming 3 month development cycles for each product. A single Chief Technical Officer could run this operation, with a team of 10 full-time project developers.

The above does not consider the large-scale effort of producing high-quality documentation. See Documentation Standards. If this effort is done correctly, then we need a budget of another $1M to do this - with the assistance of 10 full time, technical writers/documentors to fill in this task. Thus, the overall budget requirement is on the order of $2M over the next 18 months.

For the parallel development to be funded, we are relying about 50% on bootstrapping production, and 50% on nonprofit sector donations.

We currently have an offer for $160k to attain the scaling above. $60k of this will go directly to living infrastructure, and $100k will go to production scaling/training, where a facility is built to allow the continuous production of 4 pieces of equipment on an ongoing basis, with earnings of $80k per month to make this happen.

The above means that Marcin will be liberated fully from production run management and infrastructure building duties by January 1, 2012 - to focus his full time effort on technical development. Right now, Marcin is spending about 5% of his time on technical development, which is not a good strategy for project completion.