One of the keys to successful completion of any project is clear open communication and that is no different in the product development process. At Inertia, we find that effective technical product development report documentation and engineering reporting should be as simple as telling other people your story – your struggles, your challenges, your assumptions and your successes. Storytelling is key to successful collaboration as it helps to bring others inside your head.
At Inertia, we’ve crafted a simple template that helps to guide our engineers and designers to tell their story so they can engage the power of the collective team including customers to collaborate, solve challenges and produce results – fast. We find that just by giving someone a simple roadmap to follow they can easily be guided and reminded to:
Effectively communicate to management and customers
Share your story in technical engineering reports
Properly document for SR&ED
This storytelling principle is basically the same process used when preparing applications for Scientific Research and Development (SR&ED) Tax Credits. If you’ve used the Storytelling Template throughout the year to document your progress, then you’ve already generated the materials needed to support SR&ED claims. Also, you’re not left to scramble at year end generating reports, sifting through e-mails and asking yourself, what did we do all year?