2020(S12) Lecture:week 6

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Week 6 Tuesday

Project Work Day

Please be review the project organizer and the requirements for the 3 ideas presentation.


When it is ready, please upload your presentation (if it's ppt or somehow digital) to the homework dropbox., calling your assignment: TeamName_3ideas.ppt, for example: EauDcoli_3ideas.ppt
The order of tomorrow's presentation will be determined by the order they are uploaded to the Stellar site.

Week 6 Studio

3 ideas presentation

  • Starting @3PM
  • in 16-220

Today we will hear from each topic area. After each presentation you will be asked to offer feedback to the presenters on the relative merits according to these 4 criteria:

  • Which of the 3 ideas addresses the most important challenge or opportunity?
  • Which of the 3 ideas would have the greatest impact if fully successful?
  • Which of the 3 ideas is most competitive with alternative technologies?
  • Which of the 3 ideas has greatest certainty and fewest unknowables?

Tomorrow you'll hear back from the instructors/senior mentors as well, and pair down your 3 ideas to one.


Week 6 Thursday

Project Selection Day

Today is a delicate and important day for your team since now you must decide (or set a concrete plan for deciding) which of the 3 ideas you presented yesterday is the one you'll take forward. In making this decision you have many considerations to weigh:

  1. what you've learned from the research and preparation that went into the 3 ideas presentation
  2. what your teammates have worked on and discussed
  3. what your team advisers have contributed
  4. the questions you were asked by the audience after your presentation
  5. what you heard in the other presentations (any great ideas or sobering thoughts from the work other groups have done?)
  6. the feedback on the 4 criteria for project selection (importance, impact, competing technologies, knowns/unknowns)
  7. the upcoming goals and needs that will enable your team to specify the design you choose, namely the contents of the tech spec review

Every group should begin by sharing their impressions of yesterday's 3 ideas presentations, and offering an opinion on where your team stands.

Path 1: If, after this discussion, your team is still undecided as to which project would be most appropriate to take forward, then try reading the 4 page hand-out from Peter Scholtes's Team Handbook, focusing on the steps for consensus building

  • Have someone read when to use consensus building approaches to make sure this is the appropriate approach for your group
  • Follow the tips sheet to reach consensus (or discuss then vote if that is the method your team chooses)

Once you have chosen one of the three project ideas to take forward, continue to "Path 2" if you have time or decide what you will work on between now and when we meet again next week.

Path 2: If, after the discussion about yesterday's 3 ideas presentations, your team is in agreement as to which one of the three ideas you'll take forward, then you're ready to dig into the nitty-gritty of design details and specification.

  • Begin by reviewing, as a team the deliverables for the next stage of your project, namely the tech spec review
  • Next, look carefully at one example of a technical specification, that of the "polkadorks" team from the 2004 IAP class. Their work is described here. At a minimum, you should make sure everyone on your team understands the kinds of descriptions (timing diagram vs parts list etc) that they are showing on their project page and if there's time, you might consider what needs to be done with your project idea to collect these details. There will be time next week to continue that work together.

Before Friday, please add some thoughts to the class blog. This will be the third of 6 entries you'll make this term.