P18046: The Overcomer

Problem Definition

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Team Vision for Problem Definition Phase

The team worked on a number of tasks to better understand the objective of the project. These tasks included:

Team Dynamics

In order to work well as a team, the group agreed on four team values and created a rubric to evaluate individual team member performance in each of these categories. Team norms can be found here.

Team roles, tabulated below, were also established.

Team Roles
Role Team Member(s)
Project Manager - Scheduling/Facilitation Natalie Hurd
Project Manager - Design/Lead Engineer Nicole Bureau
Communications Lead Abdul Alshaikh
Industrial Designer Gina Colosimo
Systems Design and Edge Coordinator Isaac Arabadjis
Software Modeling AJ Longabucco and Connor Boudreau

Project Summary

A brief problem statement is available on the Home Page.

For project intent click here.

Click here for the Project Readiness Package.

Use Cases

A typical use case workflow chart was developed to assist in the understanding of how the products will actually be used. By breaking down the steps when using the devices we are able to consider finer details such as storage when developing a working prototype.
Workflow Chart of How Product will be Used

Workflow Chart of How Product will be Used

Project Goals and Key Deliverables

We are looking to create a product that is:

At the end of this course we will have:

Customer Requirements (Needs)

For customer interview notes click here.

Customer Requirements

Customer Requirements

A link to the live document can be found on the first sheet of the Requirements Document.

Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)

Engineering Requirements

Engineering Requirements

A link to the working requirements document can be found here.


House of Quality

After prioritizing and generating the customer needs the engineering requirements were developed and the first phase of the QFD was conducted. It turns out based on the largest relative weight (of 6%) the engineering metrics of interest are:

Among those metrics which had equal large weights (of 6%) it was decided that the primary focus is capturing objects traveling on the ground. Therefore, the lower extremity device and attachments are the primary focus.

For further information a link to the live document can be found here.

Design Review Materials

Plans for next phase

In order to be fully prepared for the next three weeks of the project, we put together a project plan for Cycle 2. The plan outlines each individual task we will be completing in the next three weeks, as well as estimated durations for each of the tasks. This plan will be updated as we move throughout the next three weeks and time frames become more clear.
Plans for Cycle 2

Plans for Cycle 2

Additionally, every team member outlined about 5 specific tasks that we will be completing throughout the next cycle. Individual plans can be viewed here.

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