Our Process 2018-01-19T16:37:36+00:00

The Bluefin Experience

Here at Bluefin we break our IoT process down into five key elements; Discover, Define, Design, Develop, and Deploy. We pride ourselves on our broad skillset and expertise across many areas in High Tech. If you are interesting in building an IoT Product head over to our contact page to request more information.


We start the IoT process with discovery and a project kickoff. This is where our team gets to know you, your team, business objectives, technology landscape and timeline. We focus on three deliverables: project objective, project scope, and how our team can assist you in achieving them.We work with your team to discover exactly what goes into the IoT product you want to produce.

Discovery Process Elements

Project Kickoff

  • Define Communication Channels
  • Contextualize Your Business
  • Evaluate Product Goals


  • Business and Project Objectives
  • Initial Scope and Project Plan


We begin the definition process with a market analysis. we conduct a market research analysis that assesses the landscape and examines your value proposition. Sample outputs may include:  A competitive assessment document, go to market overview and high-level UI/UX.

Depending on the scope of your project, our process leads to two potential outcomes. Software design and hardware design.

Definition Process Elements

Market Analysis

  • Evaluate your corporate brand and/or product in the market
  • Assess the market landscape
  • Examine your product value proposition and supporting features


  • Competetive assessment document
  • Go-To-Market overview + partner introductions
  • Core product feature definition (HW & SW) and High- level UI/UX

Software Design

We break our design process into two sections; software design and hardware design. We start our software design process by developing functional flows and architectural components.  We lay out user stories, and end-user interactions. We also assess core architectural components to support user requirements. In terms of deliverables, we bring to you functional wireframes, system architecture definition, API definitions, and potentially a voice interaction model.

Software Design Elements

Functional Flows & Architectural Components

  • Layout functional user stories & develop detailed  end-user interactions and interfaces
  • Assess core architectural components to support user requirements
  • Develop several UI Concepts for review


  • Functional Wireframes including layout, content and navigation
  • UI Concept review and iterative down-selection
  • System architecture & API definitions

Hardware Design

The hardware design process focuses on developing hardware requirements and assessing our partner ecosystem to bring to bear the right compliment of skill sets to achieve your goals. Jointly we evaluate the electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering to help bring your product to light.

Hardware Design Elements

Hardware and Industrial Design

  • Develop hardware requirements
  • Evaluate electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering firms
  • Manage hardware partners through development of systems specification and ID concepts
  • Integrate hardware project plans into master product schedules


  • Evaluation of electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering

Software Development

Development is also broken into two stages depending on your needs.

Together we prioritize your requirements into a series of software development sprits to meet your MVP. In parallel we develop acceptance criteria to ensure your product meets minimum market requirements upon release.

Software Development Elements

Prioritize, Code, Test

  • Prioritize feature development IT sprints
  • Code features
  • Unit test features
  • Integration test features with existing code base


  • Development sprints to meet your MVP
  • Acceptance test criteria to meet minimum market requirements upon release

Hardware Development

In conjunction with our hardware partners we approach development in three parts: prototyping, building, and certifying. We then focus on assessing manufacturers to take your hardware into mass production. During this process we shepherd certification needs and timelines to successfully deliver your product on time.

Hardware Development Elements

Prototyping, Building, Certifying

  • Develop plans for crafting up to 3 prototype runs to validate hardware
  • Evaluate manufacturing partners to facilitate mass production
  • Identify certification needs and timelines
  • Shepherd multi-partner hardware development process and timelines


  • Manufacturing partner evaluation and recommendation
  • Integrated hardware and software schedules


Our final stage of the Bluefin experience is deployment. This involves hardware + software integration and testing,  Application submission (as required), and hardware manufacturing oversight.

Bluefin can engage with your team to provide the necessary support contracts to assure integration with your supply chain and ongoing maintenance of your product.

Deployment Elements

  • Hardware and software integration testing
  • Final Q & A
  • Release candidate and acceptance testing
  • Application submission
  • Hardware production manufacturing oversights
    • Product tooling
    • Prototype builds
    • Certification / acceptance
    • Fulfillment integration

Our Partners

We work with the best companies in the business to take products from start to finish.

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