Technical Review

background, review elements, grading, logistics, results

Background
The goal of the technical review is to inform instructors about the state of your functional, final prototype and to obtain critical feedback. This feedback will help you prioritize improvements for the final presentation. The review will help you pracrice how to factually present a product prototype to colleagues in a professional working context and obtain design feedback.

The review will be held during the evening, as indicated in the class schedule. Examples from prior technical reviews are on the right. You can also view projects from other years in the gallery (select a project and the click on the technical review tab). The communication instructors have also prepared helpful annotated videos on presentation structure and terminology.

Key review elements
The review is an informal, interactive prototype demonstration. Think of it as a mostly show (demonstration), not tell, presentation. Be ready to have reviewers using your prototype.

Instructors will work in teams so that you will demonstrate for 15 minutes, have 15 minutes off, and then demonstrate again to a different pair of instructors. In total you will have four 15 minute demo sessions.

Grading
The review contributes to a portion of your shared team-wide grade and all course instructors will participate in the review process.

This is a technical design review, so important aspects that will be considered include:

  • Mechanical design details
  • Human factors/form/aesthetics
  • System integration
  • Details/prototype execution/manufacturing
  • Performance quality/safety/reliability

Instructors and mentors will attend the review and will meet immediately following to discuss each prototype, but your team instructors will determine your final grade.

After you have received written feedback via email from instructors, complete your milestone reflection in your design notebook.



 

Logistics
Before the review, the review, after the review

Before the review
If a special arrangements are needed to demonstrate your prototype, please let the course instructor know no later than Tuesday evening before the review. The schedule below indicates where your demonstrations will be located.

You should have a large poster that clearly highlights critical functional specifications (from your product contract). You can schedule a time for help with plotting on Wednesday evening.

Be prepared to let the reviewers use your prototype. During the evening, your team will also be asked to give a 5 minute demonstration to be recorded for the website. Your team should plan and practice this demonstration in advance of the review. The video will be used for reference when instructors and mentors write feedback for your team. Use the video as an opportunity to explain and demonstrate your product.

Work on the machine shop side of the lab will cease at 4:45 PM, but you will have shop access through to 7 PM. Dinner will be available in the lab at 6 PM.

The review
The review will be in the Pappalardo lab from 7-9:35 PM on the date indicated in the course schedule.

Instructors and guest reviewers will divide into 4 groups and be assigned to different teams of ~7 people. Every 15 minutes the review groups will switch to a different project team, according to the schedule below. The rotation is structured so that you will have 15 minutes on, then 15 minutes off. In total, you will have four 15 minute review sessions.

Prepare your presentation area so reviewers have space to use the prototypes. Also be sure team members are prepared to present to demonstrate/answer questions and others are recording notes during the review.

A 5 minute video of you demonstrating your prototype will be taken during one of your breaks.

 

  7:00-
7:15
7:20-
7:35
7:40-
7:55
8:00-
8:15
8:20-
8:35
8:40-
8:55
9:00-
9:15
9:20-
9:35

red:
(cooktop temperature)

(1)
*wallace


 

braunstein

 

roche

 

duplessie

video

Pappalardo team area

blue:
(safe blade)


wallace

 

braunstein

 

roche

video

duplessie

Pappalardo wood shop

yellow:
life line

(2)
*duplessie

video

wallace

 

braunstein

 

roche

 

MIT boat house

purple:
breast feeding/pumping


duplessie

video

wallace

 

braunstein

 

rochezizi

Pappalardo south conference room

orange:
heated flotation device

(3)
*roche

 

duplessie

video

wallace

 

braunstein

 

Pappalardo parking lot pool

green:
raising wheel chair


roche

 

duplessie

video

wallace

 

braunstein

team area

pink:
scooter crutch

(4)
*braunstein

 

roche

 

duplessie

video

wallace

 

Papppalardo north foyer

silver:
speed bump

video

braunstein

 

roche

 

duplessie

 

wallace

Pappalardo parking lot

 

After the review
Notes recorded during the review should be disseminated to the team for consideration when prioritizing improvements before the final presentation. If you showed any videos of other materials during the review, please email them to the course instructor (drwallac) by midnight Thursday night. Also, please be sure to email your up-to-date product contract by midnight.

Preliminary feedback will be provided Friday morning on the course website. Additionally, your review materials and video will be posted, and you will receive written feedback from at least 3 course staff either before 5 PM Saturday. After you have received written feedback via email from instructors, complete your milestone reflection in your design notebook.

Please arrange a meeting with Professor Wallace for Tuesday next week to discuss your final presentation setup and have a brief design review, and remember that the 30 minute design reviews are on Monday afternoon.