2.009 Product Engineering Processes

Lab #10: Week of November 13

objective, preparation, what's due, activities

Main Lab Objective

The technical review is Thursday evening! There will be feedback for each team on the website by Friday afternoon, and teams will also receive written feedback from other instructors before your lab by Saturday evening.

Before the technical review, obviously you will be preparing for it.

After the tech review, you'll be reflecting and preparing a next design version for the 30 minute design reviews on Monday afternoon (November 21). For this you will want to reflect upon what you have learned, prioritize, and redesign and prepare for your final build iteration. How is the prototype to be redesigned/rebuilt? Plans, redesigns, and orders should be in place before the break.

You should also begin thinking about your final presentation set/context (December 12). If you are deciding on presenters, there is a summary of selection methods used by previous teams. After the tech review, you will need to have part of your team focus on prototype improvements while others work on your final presentation design, business model and user testing, etc. The scope of the presentation ranges from the product and it's technical design to customer needs, benchmarking, and a plan for how it could reach its potential market. The design and execution of the presentation is an important component of the grade.

Finally, Professor Wallace will be meeting with members of each team on Tuesday (November 22) to discuss set design for the final presentation. Please contact him to setup a meeting time. He would be happy to review details your team's design with you at that time as well. Set designs need to be resolved early in the week so longer lead items can be ordered and he can begin building during the Thanksgiving week.

Advanced preparation for Lab #10
Officers:
Financial officers should prepare a budget status report for the team.

System integrators should meet to form an agenda that includes a review of project status and a plan for what needs to be done.

What's due

The technical review, Thursday evening, Nov 17.

Timesheets are due this week on Friday after the technical review.

The third peer review and second team review open Friday and are due Monday next week (21st, 9 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.

Recommended Lab #10 Activities
Make sure that someone is recording meeting minutes and will post the information for your team.

System integrators should present the agenda and make changes based on input from the team.

Financial officers should give a short budget update to the team.


Develop a plan for preparing for the design reviews on Monday (21st) following the tech review, and the arrange a time to meet with Professor Wallace to discuss set options on Tuesday (22nd).

Other notes
On Monday November 14 at 7 PM there is a tutorial on product naming. At least 2 people from your team should attend.