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Lab #2: Week of September 16: Exploring ideas and preparing for
the 3 ideas presentation

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

Main lab objective

Each section must decide which ideas they will pursue for the 3-ideas presentation that is during class next Monday (23rd). You will need to plan how the posters for the presentation will be prepared and presented. You may also want to spend part of the lab period doing additional research.

Friday is a student holiday, but the Pappalardo lab will be open and you will be able to schedule times to have help with the plotter on both Friday and Sunday. There is also a schedule for presentation practice with the communications instructors.

Preparation before lab #2
Make sure that you understand the requirements for the 3-ideas presentation. You may also want to review the sketching tutorials and/or practice sketching. There is also an online 2.009 illustrator tutorial. (Lynda.com has excellent tutorials, and MIT has a membership)

Be prepared to give short a very summary of your new idea from the observation exercise. Slides are not required, but you should have a sketch to pinup.

Be prepared to give a short summary of background work for the idea areas that you may have been assigned to in lab #1 (e.g., possible customers and their key needs, relevant existing products, market potential, and some technical feasibility analysis).

The system integrators should prepare an agenda for the lab and make sure that the name cards are setup on the table before the start of lab. If you have not done so already, review the "running a meeting" primer.

If you think that you will need AV equipment (in addition to the projectors installed in the room) set this up in advance as well.

Before lab (or sometime during the lab) the tool officers should obtain the combination for the team's tool box from Steve Haberek and provide this information to the team.

What's due
There are no graded deliverables due in lab this week. The focus is on preparing for the ideas presentation.

Recommended lab #2 activities
It is recommended that you begin the lab with the two sections together to hear summaries of the ideas from the observation exercise.

As a complete team (both sections together)
Each group of students should present sketches of their new idea that is based upon the observation exercise. This should take no more than 30-40 minutes for the entire team. Be sure that the idea sketches are pinned up.

After discussing the ideas, close the meeting room divider and continue the lab with the two sections working separately.

As individual sections
Your system integrator should present an agenda and estimated timeline for the meeting. Adjust the agenda accordingly, based upon feedback from section members or the section instructor.

The system integrator should obtain a volunteer to take minutes for the meeting (unless your team has chosen a permanent scribe). The person taking minutes needs to post (on the section's project management site) a relevant summary shortly after the lab. It may be expedient to record the notes into the site directly during lab.

Have the section members/task forces responsible for additional background work related to ideas that were identified during lab last week present their findings. If new ideas were developed over the week they should be discussed as well.

Decide on the 3 ideas that will be presented by your section at the 3-ideas presentation. The two sections that comprise your team should not coordinate on this decision. This means that, for the most part, the two sections of your team will present different options in the 3-ideas presentation. Your final list of 3 ideas should include at least one idea that is somehow inspired by a presenter at the idea fair.

A suggested process for selecting you top 3 ideas is below.

  • develop a short list of up to 8 ideas, drawing from the most promising projects identified by your section.
  • develop a small number of key assessment criteria (no more than 6). Things to consider might include aspects that define a product opportunity: novelty and excitement about the idea; clarity and strength of customer need; market/business potential; and aspects of feasibility, including technical interest/excitement, ability to test, and appropriateness of scope. Additionally, you might want to consider educational experience in the context of this class. You must be able to identify at least one person or "client" who represents your customer. This person needs to easy to contact for advice throughout the term.
  • Do not just hold a vote asking 'which do you like' to select ideas. Use a rational process (such as the Pugh method) to select 3 ideas. Your lab instructor may need to remind you how this method works. An example Pugh chart is at the bottom of the page. Choosing an appropriate datum (reference idea) is important... one that everyone on the team clearly understands, and is neither the strongest or weakest concept. Remember that at least one of the final three ideas should derive from a project suggested at the idea fair.

Organize task forces to prepare the posters for the 3-ideas presentation. Decide who will be presenting and who will be helping with setup. Be sure to note on the team managmenet site which ideas were chosen for the 3-ideas presentation, and who is responsible for preparing posters and helping with setup.

Work!

example Pugh chart
Example Pugh chart for comparing fastener concepts. "S" means same, or O.

Other notes:
Your team's communication instructor can help you with preparation for you 3-ideas elevator speeches. You will be able to schedule a time for practice on Sunday.

If you would like to have a team locker in the Pappalardo lab, you can arrange this with Steve Haberek. There is also a lockable space under your team's table.

There is a credit card training session for all financial officers at 4 PM Thursday. All financial officers must attend. If you have a conflict, please contact Chevalley Duhart to make alternative arrangments.