2.009 Product Engineering Processes

Lab #9: Week of November 8

objective, preparation, what's due, activities, other notes

Main Lab Objective

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.

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

System integrators 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.

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

What's due
Design notebooks are due this week.

Recommended Lab #9 Activities
Begin with the standard meeting startup.

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

Briefly review the current status of the design with reports from different task forces. Review the updated project schedule.

Divide tasks and assign responsibility for design issues that need to be addressed and start working.

Lab instructors 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.