The focus of lab this week is to work on the
prototype. Time spent meeting as a complete team should be very short.
This is your last lab before the technical
review. When planning, also keep in mind that time will be needed for testing, debugging, redesigning, and rebuilding.
Good communication is critical. If you learn something
but do not let other people know, this knowledge is lost. If something
is not completed as anticipated and people do not know, the team also cannot
make compensatory adjustments. Regular status emails to the
team (with descriptive subject lines) and using the wiki consistently can be very valuable.
Advanced preparation for Lab #10
Prepare a short, well organized status report on the tasks
you have been working on.
officers should prepare a budget status report for the team.
If your team's area is a mess, your tool officers should organize
a cleanup. This will improve the team's productivity.
System integrators should meet to form an agenda that includes a review of project
status and a schedule update. Focus on having an effective, brief
meeting so that a significant portion of the lab time can be spent
There are no specific deliverables for lab this week.
Recommended Lab #10 Activities
Follow the standard lab startup.
officers should give a short budget update to the team.
Review your updated project schedule. Briefly review the current status of the design with reports from
Divide tasks and assign responsibility for design issues that need
to be addressed and start working as soon as possible.
The third peer
review and second team review open Monday and are due at the end of the week (Friday, 5 PM).
When completing the peer reviews be sure to provide you teammates with comments/suggestions for improvements. Even if one is doing well, there are still always ways to improve.
Next week is Thanksgiving and there are no labs. However, before the break and after the technical review, it is important that your team makes plans and gets the process started for the design changes that are needed before the final presentation. Professor Wallace will meet with members of each team on Tuesday or Wednesday next week to discuss product design details and set design for the final presentation.