The goal this week is to make sure that things are
on track during a very brief meeting, and then
to spend time working on your prototype. The focus of lab this week is to work on the
prototype. Time spent meeting as a complete team should be as short as possible.
This is your last lab before the technical
review. When planning, keep in mind that time will be needed for testing, debugging, redesigning, and rebuilding.
Good communication is critical. If you learn something
but do not let other people know, this knowledge is lost. If something
is not completed as anticipated and people do not know, the team also cannot
make compensatory adjustments. Regular status emails to the
team (with descriptive subject lines) and using the team site to manage tasks consistently can be very valuable.
Advanced preparation for Lab #9
Your task force should prepare a short, well organized, status
report on the tasks that you have been working on.
officers should prepare a budget status report for the team.
should prepare an agenda that includes a review of project status
and a schedule update. Focus on having an effective, brief meeting
so that a significant portion of the lab time can be spent working.
equipment is needed, the system integrators should set this
up prior to the start of lab.
Design notebooks are due this week.
Recommended Lab #9 Activities
Begin with the standard meeting startup.
officers should give a short budget update to the team.
Briefly review the current status of the design with reports from
forces. Review the updated project schedule.
Divide tasks and assign responsibility for design issues that need
to be addressed and start working.
may want to meet with individual task
forces to review progress and help with design issues. They will also quickly review your design notebooks.
On Monday of this week, at 7 PM, there is a costing tutorial that will be quite helpful in developing a cost estimate for your product. Please have files from the assembly review. The advanced electronics fabrication and user feedback tutorials are also on Monday.
Wednesday the 11th is Veterans day. However the full machine shop will be open 9-5 and yout team may also coordinate with your lab instructors for team meetings.
On Wednesday evening at 7 PM there is a tutorial on product naming. At least 2 people from your team should attend.
There will also be industrial design consultations on Thursday evening.