P15044: Intelligent Mobility Cane
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Team Values and Norms

Team P15044 has come up with a set of Norms, and Values that we deem to be our core. Each member is expected to use this as a guideline to be an example to others in the group. We EXPECT that members will be always present gracious professionalism to other members, as well as peers, customers, and professors.

The items below are listed as a starting point, but should be adapted as needed for the team's use and self-direction. This starting point was prepared by collecting best practices from a number of successful previous senior design teams. Generally, the list of core values should be fairly short, and compelling. Don't try to legislate every aspect of team behavior, but make sure that the really important expectations are laid out clearly.

Punctuality
Team members will be early to all meetings, and customer meetings. Will respond to emails/texts/phone calls in a timely manner. Members will inform others of absences, or reasons for being tardy, as that shows that you own your own work.
Engineering Application
Team members will present material to be peer reviewed by other members, as needed, in a clear and concise format. Figures and Equations will have proper labeling, and all work will have some sort of commenting to show the direction the work is heading.
Communications
All communication should be kept professional and all arguments shall be settled face-to-face with the group present. Make team members aware of when changes to EDGE are being made and if a group decision is made for one person to make changes be clear as to which changes are to be made. Group members are to respect others’ opinions and give useful feedback. Ensure that all “commits” to EDGE have a well written change comment so other users can be made aware of the updates.
The team has decided to communicate via the use of WhatsApp and RIT GMail accounts. The team expects that all members check both of these sources regularly, and stay up to date with all group activity.
Respect
Team members will respect other people’s opinions, and ideas. P15044 members will create an atmosphere of support, and acceptance.
Demonstrates the core RIT values of SPIRIT http://www.rit.edu/overview/vision.html
Putting Team Before Self
Although we all have our own goals and expected outcomes for the project, this is at the end of the day a team effort, and a team result. Therefore, it is imperative that all team members put the team and its overall progress before their own aspirations.
Documentation
We should strive to keep our teams progress as neat and organized as possible. Therefore it is crucial that we each maintain well-kept records of anything that may be of importance to our project, ideally using an organizational system that we can all agree on and navigate easily. It was agreed upon that all documentation would go through and be sorted by the teams Edge Master.
Have Fun
While it is crucial that we work hard to produce a complete and successful product, it is still okay to have fun and enjoy the process. Whether in class or separate group meetings, be sure to keep overall tasks and goals in mind. As long as “having fun” does not distract us and keep work from getting done, it is permitted and even encouraged. Members are expected to say something as soon as the group gets off-task.
Honesty
When it comes to our attempts to provide quality work, honesty is something that can only help. While there is a proper way to deliver advice, advice should still be delivered when a group member deems it is appropriate, or that someone’s work could use refinement, no matter the scale.
Shared Knowledge and Work
Given that our group is comprised of people from very diverse fields, we encourage our members to assist each other when it comes to:
Final Decisions
Any decision that affects the entire group will be made via group consensus. Depending on the severity of the problem, compromising may be used. Each group member is expected to be a part of every group decision. In the event that a group member is concerned about any given decision, it is their responsibility to voice those concerns. Said concerns will then be explored and resolved. However, no decisions will be enacted until every member of the group is in agreement.

Team Norms: Peer Assessment Rubric

Every team member will conduct a weekly peer assessment of their team-mates. The rubric below indicates how each team member will assess their peers. These 'Norms' reflect how each team member expects their peers to meet the team 'Values'.

Accepted Norms of Performance: Peer Assessment Rubric
Value Unsatisfactory Needs Improvement Meets Expectations Exceeds Expectations
Punctuality Late to meetings. No responses to emails, or other contact. Late to meetings. Returns various communication types. On time to meetings. Responds to various communication types. Early to meetings. Responds to all communication types.
Value Unsatisfactory Needs Improvement Meets Expectations Exceeds Expectations
Engineering Application No supporting information. Analysis is haphazard. Some supporting information. Analysis has some direction. Analysis has direction, and supporting information. Analysis follows the KGCOE format for problem solving. Has clear direction, and presents discussion points in problem.
Value Unsatisfactory Needs Improvement Meets Expectations Exceeds Expectations
Documentation No method to keeping files on EDGE. Very untidy pages, and sources. Some type of method of file management, although unorthodox schemes. Clear layout of file types, and organization. Document names have purpose for general user. Clear file layout, and organization.
Value Unsatisfactory Needs Improvement Meets Expectations Exceeds Expectations
Shared Knowledge and Work No assistance to team members in need. Does not help to provide assets to members. Makes a commitment to member, but does not follow through on promises. Helps other members with issues, as needed. Offers help to all team members regardless of the type.
In the event a team member consistently does not meet expectations:
The whole group will meet outside of class to discuss the issue(s). Team members will voice their concerns to the team member not meeting expectations. Ask that person to share what prevented them from meeting the missed expectations, but do not put them down in any way. Constructively suggest ways for the person to improve, and don't hesitate to offer help. One of our values is to always put the team before yourself. It is important that the team is functioning well as a whole. If after all of this the team member continues to not meet expectations, a meeting with the guide and professor may be necessary.

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