P17227: Walking Soft Robot

Planning & Execution

Table of Contents

Your website should document your journey through MSD, so include work-in-progress as well as latest results. Use pdf's for display whenever possible so that information is easily viewable without the need to download files and open applications. (Your EDGE file repository should still contain original editable files).

Content related to this node should go in the Project Management directory. Several templates have been posted there for your reference.

All template text and instructions must be removed prior to the Week 3 Problem Definition Review

Intellectual Property Considerations

Is your team considering filing for a provisional or non-provisional patent? Does your project's financial support carry any IP requirements? Are there select elements of your project that your customer has required that you keep confidential?

There is an excellent set of short videos for reference at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmNrnoyQ30KvvBuMJXaPjdFjq-Jm6ghqE

Team Setup


  1. Facilitate team coordination and identify lacking capabilities.
  2. Establish good practice of structured, coordinated documentation.


  1. Instructions and EXAMPLE must be deleted before the Problem Definition Review.
  2. The team should arrive at consensus on a leader.
  3. Assign responsibility for other important non-design roles and functions, such as facilitator, purchasing, EDGE help, customer PIC, etc. One member should take ownership of this document and ensure it is completed and loaded on EDGE.
  4. Capture relevant skills and experiences of each team member.
  5. Considering the purpose, the team should anticipate potential failure modes associated with construction and use of this document.

Inputs and Source

  1. Skills - team and guides.
  2. Expertise - SMEs.

Outputs and Destination

Document of team capabilities and resources that can be accessed later.

Team Values and Norms

Team values and norms

Value Unsatisfactory Needs Improvement Meets Expectations Exceeds Expectations
Treat others as we would like to be treated Rude or unproductive behavior Apathetic Responses Follows requests while contributing to conversations Excited to work towards our common goal and contributes to future planning
Communication with others if you have concerns Instead of confronting the issue, the team member stays quiet Sticky note comments instead of explaining the concerns When concerns arise using the facilitator to mediate the concerns Talking with the team as a whole before issues get out of hand, while taking into consideration the perspectives of each other
Be proactive (create a timeline) Never brings work in that is requested of them, and often is unwilling to help with future planning Often late with work and the work brought in is not complete Work is all that is requested and on time Work is often beyond expectations while the team member is often following out the 3 week plans.
Hold others accountable The team does not recognize a member when there is a lack of work The team notes the member who is not completing work, and creates less responsibilities for the member When work is acceptable or subpar each member is praised and scolded respectively Creation of a weekly plan for all members to stay on track of goals, while reminding those who have fallen short in the past that their particular part is due.
Ask for help and ask early on instead of waiting Team member never calls for help and allows issues to pile up. Team member also refuses help when offered When help is offered the member accepts but only when offered, otherwise the team member never asks for help At time of issue the team member asks for assistance The team member recognizes that an issue will occur with a task and ask for assistance to complete the future task.

Project Plans & Schedules

Gantt Chart

Gantt Chart

Gantt Chart

Risk Assessment and Growth Curves

Risk Management

Risk Management

Risk Management

Other Team Resources

Workspace Location Room number
previous model is kept Institute (73) Basement(A190)
Other projects are housed Institute (73) 4th floor (4138)
Your team may have other resource requirements. With your customer and guide, your team should identify:

Meeting Minutes, Notes, & Actions

MSD I & II. Maintain a record of team/guide meetings. This includes discussion, action items, decisions made, and work assigned.

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Project Reviews

Preparation, notes and actions, etc. Refer to Gate Reviews page, as well.

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