Planning & Execution
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This page documents the Planning and Execution of the Radio-IP Hotspot Transceiver.
Intellectual Property ConsiderationsSponsor owns no rights. Customer owns all rights.
Team SetupChris Culpepper Role: Senior Lead Engineer
Jerome Glick Role: Lead Audio/RF Engineer, Notetaker, PR Officer
Ali Kazi Role: Lead Power Engineer
Damodar Adhikari Role: Lead Analog Engineer
Each member of the team has skills that will become useful. A short list of these skills is documented below:
- Board design and layout
- Filter design
- Latex typesetting
- C programming
- Circuit Design & Analysis
- Some experience with Spectrum Analyzer
- Thorough practical knowledge of amateur radio technology & practices
- Experience with RF & propagation, spectrum analysis
- Audio engineering
- Programming experience in C, Java, etc.
- circuit design and analysis
- limited C programming experience
We are lacking the following skills which we may need: * Driver development * Allstar development experience
Team Values and Norms
PurposeThe following list documents the team expectations. All teammates must exhibit all of the following qualities.
- Ethics of working with others
- Language: All communication will be in English.
- Have a good work ethic
Issue EscalationEncountered issues should be brought up with all members of the group in a group setting. The issue will be then be talked about in a controlled manor and a solution generated.
Potential failure modesAs far as team values go, the biggest risk is that an issue goes uncommunicated to the team. If one member were to drop out without telling the team and the work redistributed, the work would probably not end up getting done. Another risk is if a member's work ethic is lacking and the quality of their work is bad, the work would need to be redone, or a lower quality of product would be produced.
Project Plans & Schedules
First RevisionWe need to get comfortable with the tools that we will use to complete the project. In order to get us all up to speed, we will create multiple circuit boards from the individual subsystems. Subsystems:
* Includes RasPi power, power for ICs, etc
* Includes USB hub, USB TTL, USB Audio
* Includes Radio, Radio control, Output LPF
- Audio Filters
* Includes components so we can fine tune our filters.
Phase 2 Gantt chart
Other Team ResourcesWe will be using facilities available at RIT to complete this project. A short list of these is below:
- Surface mount Technology lab
- RF lab
- EE senior design work bench
Meeting Minutes, Notes, & Actions
- Tuesday (8/30): Team Dynamics Workshop (strings & tennis balls); Customer Meeting #2 (Official Customer Interview)
- Thursday (9/1): Project Planning Exercise (markers & Post-It notes); plan to meet on Saturday (9/3) from 4-6 PM to work on/finish up adding content to EDGE.
- Friday (9/2): Extra team meeting is held one day early due to Chris' anticipated absence on Saturday, but Jerome could not make Friday; continue to add content to EDGE.
- Tuesday (9/6): Mock Problem Definition Review (PDR) (team + panel of guides); continue to add content to EDGE in preparation for PDR on 9/8; plan to meet on 9/7 to rehearse PDR presentation.
- Wednesday (9/7): Team meeting at Erdle Commons from 3:30-4:45 PM to finish adding content to EDGE in preparation for PDR on 9/8 and to rehearse the presentation.
- Thursday (9/8): Problem Definition Review presentation, Jim & Dr. Beato are in attendance; Dr. Beato suggests expanding use cases diagram to include alternative (incl. unexpected) scenarios.
- Tuesday (9/13): Draw system block diagram and consolidated Functional Decomposition diagram on whiteboard; review peer evaluations with guide.
- Thursday (9/15): Career fair prep presentation.
- Tuesday (9/20): Begin prototyping with KiCAD (Chris: USB misc., assist others with KiCAD; Jerome: USB audio break-out board; Ali: USB RF break-out board; Damo: USB power).
- Thursday (9/22): Continue prototyping with KiCAD (Ali: purchase planning/spreadsheet).
- Tuesday (9/27): LORD Corp. representatives give presentation. Add content to EDGE in preparation for Systems-Level Design Review (SDR) on 10/4. Continue prototyping with KiCAD. Send workflow/use cases-scenarios chart to Jim.
- Thursday (9/29): Add content to EDGE in preparation for SDR on 10/4. Continue prototyping with KiCAD. Plan to meet 30 mins. before class on 10/4 for final preparations for SDR. Chris wants first phase of KiCAD prototypes done by 10/14.
- Tuesday (10/4): Systems-Level Design Review presentation, Jim & Dr. Beato are in attendance.
- Thursday (10/13): Complete Phase II peer evaluations.
- Thursday (10/20): Contact Jim regarding the purchase of CM108 chip (not available through MSD-approved vendors).
- Monday (10/24): Ali submits purchase requests (pending approval) for five items from Amazon ($83.68).
- Tuesday (10/25): We discuss what needs to be done before the Preliminary Detailed Design Review (PDDR) on 11/1. Jerome, Ali, and Damo continue to work on schematics. Initial purchase requests are approved by guide and financially approved by MSD office. Minor $0 error found in one purchase request; fixed and resubmitted.
- Thursday (10/27): Finish schematics; begin physical board layout.
- Tuesday (11/1): Chris, Ali, & Jerome meet at 1 PM to make final preparations for the Preliminary Detailed Design Review presentation at 3:30; Jim & Dr. Beato are in attendance. Beato wants a more specific timeline for future plans section.
- Tuesday (11/8): Team members continue to work on physical board layout.
- Thursday (11/10): Team members continue to work on physical board layout.
- Tuesday (11/15): Team members obtain swipe-card access to the Senior Design Lab and visit the team's reserved work space. Chris & Jerome go to the Construct to laser-cut an acrylic case for the Raspberry Pi. Ali & Damo find and load the appropriate image to the microSD card such that the Pi can be booted from it.
- Thursday (11/17): Team members continue to work on physical board layout.
- Tuesday (11/29): Team members continue to work on physical board layout.
- Thursday (12/1): Team members finish physical board layout; Chris critiques and improvements are made. Team members agree to meet at 1 PM on Tuesday (12/6) to prepare for Detailed Design Review at 3:30 PM.
- Tuesday (12/6): All team members meet at 1 PM to make final preparations for the Detailed Design Review presentation at 3:30; Jim & Dr. Beato are in attendance. Jim recommends that power supplies not be in series; instead the daughterboard should expect 12 volts. Beato recommends more time allotted for testing/debugging during MSD II. Team schedules gate review with Beato on 12/12 at 2 PM. Jerome discusses MSD II class schedule conflict with Beato and sends e-mail to him & Dr. DeBartolo about this.
- Thursday (12/8): Team members meet to fix PCB layouts and finalize orders for parts & boards.
- Monday (1/30): Team members meet at 3:30 PM and begin to solder components to the boards in the SMT Lab.
MSD I & II. Maintain a record of team/guide meetings. This includes discussion, action items, decisions made, and work assigned.
Peer ReviewsPeer reviews will be done on 9/27/16.
Communication to customer shall procede through Jerome. Contact shall be through email or face to face communication. Contact will be made on a per-issue basis, when needed.
All team members will be CCed on all emails to and from customer. Inter-team communication shall be through email and text message in a group text environment.
- Problem Definition review will take place on 9/8/16.
- Systems Design review will take place in Week 7 (10/4-10/6).
- Preliminary Detailed Design review will take place in week 11 (11/1-11/3).
- Final Detailed Design review will take place in week 16 (12/6 -12/8).
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