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 The presentation is during
class next Monday (28th). 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.
You will be able to schedule times to have help with the plotter (and mounting posters) on both Friday and Sunday. There is also a schedule for presentation practice with the communications instructors.
Additionally, an illustrator tutorial geared towards making posters will take place on Friday, and Lynda.com has excellent tutorials (MIT has a membership). The 2.009 computers in Pappalardo lab have Illustrator installed on them. You may also want to review the sketching tutorials and/or practice sketching.
Preparation before lab #2
Make sure that you understand the requirements for the 3-ideas presentation.
Be prepared to give a short 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. You may email Steve.
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
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
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 the idea
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.
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 management site which ideas were chosen for the 3-ideas presentation, and who is
responsible for preparing posters and helping with setup.
Example Pugh chart for comparing fastener concepts. "S" means same, or O.
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.
There is a special illustrator tutorial geared for making posters on Friday at 5 PM.
There is a credit card training session for all financial officers at 4 PM this Thursday. All financial officers must attend. If you have a conflict, please contact Chevalley Duhart to make alternative arrangements.