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Lab #5: Week of October 7: Identify and resolving key risks

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Main Lab Objective

Your section needs to pick one of its two ideas and identify a clear set of tasks for addressing key risks associated with the chosen concept.

Each section of your team will focus on furthering a design concept in preparation for the upcoming mockup review, as scheduled in the course syllabus.

Advanced preparation for Lab #5
Make sure that you understand the requirements for the mockup review.

Read and think about the sketch model review feedback that you received by email from instructors. All instructors assigned to give you feedback will have done so Tuesday morning.

For your section:
Your tool officer should organize a team area cleanup before your lab session, so that your workspace is in good shape for continuing work this week.

Given the limited amount of time, your section may want to decide what concept to pursue before your lab. Even if you decide in advance of lab, please be sure to wait for the detailed comments from instructors (via email through Tuesday noon) before making the decision. Also, follow a rational decision process as is described in the suggested lab activities. If desired, you may coordinate this decision as a complete team and work on different embodiment concepts for the same product idea, but it is very important to maintain two quite different options in case unanticipated problems are discovered during the mockup phase.

Note: if your team decides to pursue two concepts based on ideas that were proposed by one section, it may make sense to break the sections so that people with background information for each concept are working on each idea. Even if an idea from each section is pursued, the team still may want to rearrange the sections. This is permissible provided that the similar-sized groups work on each idea, and that you provide a list of team members working on each concept to your instructors and the course instructor. This is very important to avoid problems during the second peer review. You would also need to ensure that there is a system integrator and financial officer with each group.

For the complete team:
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 think that you will need AV equipment, set this up in advance as well.

What's due
Design notebooks (physical/digital) are due this week.

Please send an email to the course instructor indicating the concept that your section has chosen to pursue.

If your team web page (under the teams menu) does not yet have your final officer positions, please email this information to the course instructor.

Recommended Lab #5 Activities

As a complete team (both sections together):
It is recommended that you begin with your two sections together to reflect on your effort in the sketch model review and its outcome/feedback. Start in your team areas so that you may use your models to facilitate the discussion.

As a complete team OR as individual sections:
Begin with the standard meeting startup.

Discuss which of the team ideas are to be further pursued, or if a new approach needs to be considered (see comments in the preparation section). You may even need to keep two ideas temporarily alive within your section for further investigation. Use your sketch models, sketches, etc. to facilitate the discussion.

Carefully develop criteria to pick between the alternatives. Don't just ask people what they like. Consider roughly 6 relevant factors (you may want to considered some 2.009 project success factors have been observed over several years).

As individual sections:
Submit your physical design notebooks to your section instructor.

Once you have picked a concept, identify key risk factors that must be resolved by the mockup review. The goal at this stage is to fully address issues that could potentially prevent the concept from being successful. Some advice from the instructors may be needed in the risk identification process. Remember that you should not be trying to prototype the whole product for the mockup review—there is not enough time—concentrate on the most difficult, critical aspects/subsystems and resolve them well.

Divide your section into task forces to work on refining the concept and resolving key risks.

Use the remaining time to work.

next Tuesday is a student holiday, so teams meeting Tuesday should develop a makeup plan for your next lab. The Pappalardo lab will be open all day Tuesday, and Tuesday evening, and instructors will be available.