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Lab #9: Week of November 4

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 prototype is the focus of lab this week. Time spent meeting as a complete team should be as short as possible.

The technical 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
Individual:
Your task force should prepare a short, well organized, status report on the tasks that you have been working on.

Officers:
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.

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).

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

What's due
Individual
Design notebooks are due this week (physical and digital submission)

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.

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.

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.

Notes
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).