DPM: Design Project Management
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Course Calendar

OLD DPM CALENDAR (FALL 2012)

  1. Information Gathering (Research)
  2. Product Opportunity Gaps/ Concept Selection
  3. Feasibility Analysis
  4. Project Planning and Effective Communication
Table of Contents

PART I - Information Gathering (Research)

Week 1

Week Day Topic Deliverables (due at the start of class, unless otherwise noted)
1 Mon
  • instructor and guide introduction
  • course introduction
  • project overviews
  • senior design overview
  • Project Readiness Packages (PRPs)
  • Sample PRP: an example PRP
  • Lecture
topic ranking: submit in class (individual submission)
1 Wed
  • Product Opportunity Gaps (POGs)
topic ranking: submit in class (individual submission)
  • NOT DUE:

email cc to mwgeme@rit.edu with a copy of the introduction email with a request for a meeting time with a stakeholder/information source (team submission) due by NOT DUE

1 Fri
  • reading critique:Chapter 1 Fundamentals of Product Design pg 1-45 (individual submission) Reading Critique Format
  • First set of 5 POGs/Product Concepts (individual submission)
    • ID1:eldercare
    • ID2:educational research tech
    • ID3:improve student transportation on/off campus
  • Research Plan (team submission) due by midnight

Week 2

Week Day Topic Deliverables (due at the start of class, unless otherwise noted)
2 Mon
  • How to get the most out of interviews
  • How to get the most out of observations
  • Lecture
2 Wed
  • read this brief (1-page) article from the March 2012 ASEE Prism magazine*Brainstorming I (basic ground rules)
  • Making sense of research data (affinity diagrams)
  • How to kill a brainstorming session
2 Fri
  • Readings discussion
  • Meetings discussion
  • How not to conduct a meeting
  • reading critique:Chapter 2 Fundamentals of Product Design pg 46-83 (individual submission) Reading Critique Format
  • Submission of 25 total POGs (team submission)
  • Submission of 1 research article with paragraph, 1 interview notes digest, 1 observation notes digest

Week 3

Week Day Topic Deliverables (due at the start of class, unless otherwise noted)
3 Mon
  • Case Study I: 5min. individual solution
  • Functional Decomposition
  • Brainstorming (possible solutions to fill stated POG)
3 Wed
  • Case Study II
  • Concept Selection
  • comparison to initial solution
  • Specifications and Analysis
  • Morphological Chart
  • comparison to mature ubiquitous product
3 Fri
  • Readings discussion
  • Guest Speaker 1
  • reading critique: Chapter 3 Fundamentals of Product Design pgs 84-125(individual submission) Reading Critique Format
  • Submission of online research binder (team submission) 5 research articles with critique, 4-5 user or expert interviews with digest, 3-5 observation notes with digest

PART II - Voice of the Customer/Product Opportunity Gaps

Week 4

Week Day Topic Deliverables (due at the start of class, unless otherwise noted)
4 Mon
  • Affinity Diagrams
  • Work Time
4 Wed
  • Career Fair: Class Cancelled
4 Fri
  • Reading discussion
  • Concept Selection
  • Guest Speaker 2
  • 100 POGs due (team submission)
  • reading critique (individual submission pick one of the following)

Reading Critique Format

Week 5

Week Day Topic Deliverables (due at the start of class, unless otherwise noted)
5 Mon
  • Concept Selection
  • Engineering Analysis (Phase I)
  • Modeling
5 Wed
  • Engineering Analysis
5 Fri
  • Initial Product Pitches (# of team-members*2), 12 min. per team
  • Pitch materials plus 1 question per speaker you would like advice on from the audience. (post pdf pitch paper online)
  • Project Pitch sheet format
  • Concept selection matrix comparing all pitched project concepts against desirable project criteria

PART III - Voice of the Engineer

Week 6

Week Day Topic Deliverables (due at the start of class, unless otherwise noted)
6 Mon
  • Reading discussion
  • Based on feedback, pick your individual POG/Product Concept
  • Refine, formalize, document, and support, customer needs
6 Wed
  • Identify areas of potential technical expertise (begin faculty consultant, stakeholder, customer list)
  • Functional Decomposition: | Functional decomposition]: function trees, flow diagrams, (example problems).
6 Fri
  • Guest Lecture 3

Week 7

Week Day Topic Deliverables (due at the start of class, unless otherwise noted)
7 Mon
  • Reading discussion
  • Benchmarking
  • Guest Lecture
  • "How to model it chapter 3" reading (answer all checkmarks but not the first 2 (on page 31) in the chapter) (individual submission) How to Model it Reading Format
7 Wed Work time
7 Fri
  • Entrepreneurship conference at RIT

Week 8

Week Day Topic Deliverables (due at the start of class, unless otherwise noted)
8 Mon
  • Review PRP components
  • Discipline skills list
8 Wed
8 Fri

Part IV - Planning for project launch

Week 9

Week Day Topic Deliverables (due at the start of class, unless otherwise noted)
9 Mon
  • Guest Lecture (EE faculty: Dr. Vinnie Amuso)
  • Prepare for Wed. meeting with Mark Smith
  • In-class work time
  • "How to model it chapter 5 reading [all dark solid checkmarks plus the last outlined checkmark on pg 88] (individual submission) How to Model it Reading Format
9 Wed
  • Meet with Mark Smith and describe your project
  • Bring a copy of your PRP and supplemental document, in-class work time
9 Fri
  • Attend at least 1 MSD detail design review
    • Note: All dates in this file are 2012, not 2010. Also, November 9 is a Friday, not a Thursday.
    • Post 1-page (MAX) summary to myCourses Dropbox by Friday 7pm:
    • Which presentation did you attend? For each, was the project well-scoped? Well-staffed? Was their presentation well-executed? What did you learn from this that you can apply to your own project?

Week 10

Week Day Topic Deliverables (due at the start of class, unless otherwise noted)
10 Mon
  • Team dynamics exercise
  • make sure your 1/2 page descriptions and current PRP and supplemental docs are posted to your EDGE site
10 Wed
10 Fri
  • Working Presentations II: High Vis, Adaptive Sailing, Biomedical

Finals Week

Week Day Topic Deliverables (due at the start of class, unless otherwise noted)
11 Thur
  • Final presentation during final exam time
  • Final DPM reflection due 5pm: post to myCourses Dropbox

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