Barbara Stilwell Baker

Mixed-discipline teams are key to complex product development. I wrote about this more than twenty years ago, and it’s still true today. In my behind-the-scenes role at Stilwell Baker, I don’t often go to customer’s sites. But recently I had the opportunity to join the field trial for a new prototype we’re developing. This project is what we call a “rescue.” Our customer’s previous attempt to develop this product (with another company) failed because they didn’t have the diverse expertise necessary for a complex design. This is a great project for Stilwell Baker because of the diverse skill sets and deep technical knowledge required to resolve the design issues. The high voltage and digital control circuitry required a complex blend of hardware, firmware, and mechanical engineering all working concurrently in support … Read More +