Stages of the Product Release
- Concept. Formulating the requirements and value proposition.
- Prototype. Typically, several prototypes are required, and should be done with rapid prototyping iterations.
- Pre-alpha - feature incomplete prototype.
- Alpha - feature complete. Intended for in-house use.
- Beta - feature complete. Feature freeze.
- Product Release Candidate - released for consumption by outside users. Candidate for Neo-Commercialization, Distributive Enterprise creation, or Pilot Projects. These users are expected to contribute user feedback and improvement.
- Pilot - Specific case of Product Release, but involving a focused effort with a third party stakeholder in a collaborative development relationship. Release in economically significant situation intended for replicabiity. Significant development work will be required to attain replicability. OSE is soliciting pilot projects with collaborators who are interested in early adoption, with the expectation that they will contribute to development. Otherwise, we also consider it a pilot project when an independent replicator uses are machines for economically-significant purposes, such as production or infrastructure-building. In this case, for example the France CEB Replication and the Tractor Replication in Peru, and the Tractor Replication in Canada may be considered indepenedent pilot projects. Independent means that OSE was not involved, outside of providing the open source blueprints.
- Production engineering. This phase revolves around the creation of Distributive Enterprise. This is a significant step for transitioning from project to product. This revolves around deploying optimized production for a Distributive Enterprise business model, including Distributed Quality Control, backed by Open Source Production Engineering. This phase revolves around developing methods of distributed production, and incentive challenges can be used here for additional energy.
- Franchise/license/white label Development. Once the production engineering is done, OSE can license others for OSE Certified production. People can produce independently without paying any royalties by producing under their own brand. At this stage, the product becomes a Distributive Enterprise Release Candidate.
- Stable Enterprise. Distributive Enterprise around the product is proven, and economic traction is beginning. OSE is in a position to grow its operations with bootstrap revenue based on the product.
- Distributed Market Substitution - Last mile documentation and improvement work of attaining Viral Replicability Criteria for widespread technological diffusion and leapfrogging, accompanied by development of Technological Recursion. End outcome is Distributed Market Substitution, which OSE postulates is the natural evolution of a product's economic lifecycle in an advanced civilization.
Last Updated May 1, 2019
The 3D Printer (see 3D Printer Genealogy) is OSE's first official product release at the Distributive Enterprise level. The Distributive Enterprise level is the highest level of product release, where OSE is building capacity to distribute the enterprise to independents as well as licensees.
The State of Completion infographic shows that 4 machines are in a state of product release (step 6) according to Stages of Product Release. Of these 4, the 3D printer is the only product actively being developed at the 7th step - the Distributive Enterprise Development step.