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.
Tuesday lab sections only:
Since Tuesday (October 9) is a student holiday, your team will need to find a way to make up what needs to happen this week for your project. The Pappalardo lab will be open on Tuesday, and instructors will be available if your team elects to meet at your normal time. Otherwise, you may be able to arrange a time with your instructors.
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 by noon on Tuesday.
Read and consider the summary of crowd-sourced feedback for you concept. This information is from real, potential users or purchasers.
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. 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.
(physical/digital) and project timesheets are due this week.
Tuesday teams only: Due to the holiday, your physical notebook will be reviewed next lab. Online submissions are still 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
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.