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Lab #10: Week of November 10: Building the prototype

objective, preparation, what's due, activities, other notes

Main Lab Objective

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
individual preparation:
Prepare a short, well organized status report on the tasks you have been working on.

officer preparation:
Financial 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 working.

What's due
There are no specific deliverables for lab this week.

Recommended Lab #10 Activities
Follow the standard lab startup.

Financial 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 different task forces.

Divide tasks and assign responsibility for design issues that need to be addressed and start working as soon as possible.


Other notes
Monday the 10th is Veterans day. The machine shop is closed, but you will be able to work in your team area