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
prototype is the focus of lab this week. Time spent meeting as a complete team should be as short as possible.
review is the following week (Thursday the 14th). 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 slack 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.
It is recommended to take 10-15 minutes in lab to show a sample tech review demonstration video and discuss. It can help in thinking ahead to the review, and therefore reflect on the current state of the team's product and the testing and demoing goals for the review. It can also help them prep for the 5-minute demonstration video that will be recorded during the review (for use in the online review forms). Please review the technical review pointer videos (structural design and terminology).
equipment is needed, the system integrators should set this
up prior to the start of lab.
Design notebooks are due this week (physical and digital submission)
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.
Review your chosen tech review example video (see advanced preparation) and discuss/clarify your demonstration and testing goals for next week's review.
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 Thursday evening there are several workshops. There is a special industrial design consultation for each team. and a consultation period for each team to discuss their business model concept. Finally, there is a costing tutorial where you can begin to learn how to estimate the manufacturing cost of your product (needed for the business case).