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Lab #8: Week of October 28: Clarifying the system vision

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Main Lab Objective

The main goal of this week's lab is to make sure that a single, clear vision for the product is taking shape, and to ensure that things are coming together for the assembly model and product contract presentations on Wednesday and Friday this week. If you happen to have lab after your presentation, your focus should be on further refining the product after receiving feedback.

The assembly materials need to be first submitted by 11 PM Tuesday (red, green, blue, and yellow teams) or 11 PM Thursday (pink, orange, purple, and silver teams). However, you should continue to refine your design up until your in-class presentation—if you have updated materials you may resubmit them up until the time of your in-class presentation..

Even though you will be concentrating on the overall assembly model, you will also still need to be doing mockups, tests and experiments at the same to time validate design details or resolve outstanding risks. Don't forget that while the having a clear product vision and architecture defined through the assembly is vital, the end goal is a successful product prototype.

The technical review is coming fast (November 19), so critical parts should be ordered within one to two weeks to ensure that they are received on-time.

Advanced preparation for Lab #8
individual:
Your task force should prepare a short, well organized, status report for the tasks that you have been working on.

As a team:
Financial officers should prepare a budget status report for the team.

Options for product configuration and overall form should be prepared in full scale using 2 or 3 dimensional media. If the models are in an electronic format, they should be printed on paper, full scale, so that they can be pinned up for discussion and editing during the lab meeting.

System integrators from both sections should meet to form an agenda and update the project schedule (Gantt Chart), covering tasks through to the technical review (see the scheduling lecture).

If AV equipment is needed, the system integrators should set this up prior to the start of lab.

What's due
The assembly review materials are due 11 PM Tuesday (red, green, blue, yellow) or 11 PM Thursday (pink, orange, purple, silver).

Your team will be presenting during class either Wednesday or Friday depending upon your submission day (above).

Recommended Lab #8 Activities
Begin with the standard meeting startup.

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

System integrators should present an updated project schedule through to the technical review. Input should be obtained from section instructors and team members.

Review the current status of the design. This should include reports from different task forces. Review your product contract to ensure that all are on the same page.

Discuss the overall product configuration and form options using the printouts prepared before class. Consider changes as appropriate and make sure that there is consensus about the direction of the product.

Spend as much of the lab time as is possible working. Time is short. Remember that lead times on ordered parts can be substantial. Some task forces might be working on specfic mockups or tests while others work out details of the product assembly and architecture.

Lab instructors may want to meet individually with each task force to review progress and help with design issues.