Planning & Execution
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Intellectual Property ConsiderationsOur team is keeping our project open source so other people can help advance our design or solar sails in general.
Collectively our team decided on roles based on our strengths and weaknesses. Some team members will need to share roles and tasks in order to meet deadlines. All members will also take part in some part of the design and build.
Adam Stock: Team Leader
In charge also of communication and facilitating. Key strengths include mechanical design, 3D CAD, and organization.
Kristin Angel: Project Manager
Key strengths include organization, documentation and mechanical controls.
Brett Saxe: Purchasing
Key strengths include program management, systems testing, systems modelling, and power electronics.
Nathan Linberg: Lead Software Engineer
Key strengths include software design, communication protocol architecture, and control systems.
Jarrett Pischera: Lead Technical Engineer
Key strengths include hardware and firmware integration, electrical controls, and system automation.
Team Values and Norms
Team members should complete their tasks to the best of their ability thoroughly and completely. This means seeking assistance if they do not know how to complete the task. If the team member has more work than he can handle he should consult with his team members before the due date to make sure the task gets done.
Team members should complete their work in a consistent manner. They should make sure to follow the template so that other members can look at their work quickly and understand what they are seeing.
Each team member will give credit to where its due. All work will be done by the team and not plagiarized. Work will be cited to the appropriate literature. Each team member will be honest and trustworthy when dealing with their peers.
Treat People with Respect
Team members will treat each other, the client, their adviser, and anyone helping with project with respect. Team members should treat others as equals by listening to others ideas and considering others opinions. This includes listening and speaking calmly with others even if upset.
RIT Core Values
Team members will follow RIT's core values. These include teamwork, collaboration, innovation and flexibility. RIT also incudes some of our already mentioned values such as respect and ethics.
MSD I Project Plans & Schedules
The top four lines are the four phase from the senior design 1. For more detail on the semester schedule, click here. The below sections include the work we will be doing in each phase. Each task is broken down by date and percent complete, as shown by the darker colored bar over the lighter colored bar. This will be updated as the semester progresses.
The schedule below details our projected schedule for our project during MSDII in the spring semester.
Finally below is a more in depth view of the critical path for our project during MSDI.
MSD II Project Plans & Schedules
Please use the URL below to access the tasking whiteboard utilized by the team. It details all assigned tasking with every open and closed action item associated with each task.
See the image below for a Gantt chart which summarizes the schedule for the MSDII semester. Click here for the full excel document supporting the chart.
See the image below for a condensed 3 week plan for the first phase of MSDII that the team agreed upon.
Risk Assessment and Growth Curves
To help make sure our project runs smoothly we did a risk assessment. We look at everything we could think of that could go wrong and ranked their severity and likelihood. These two numbers were multiplied do just us an order of importance with the higher numbers be more important to focus on.
Other Team ResourcesClick here for up to date budgeting, detailing all past purchases.
As of this writing $550.27/$1000 is still available to the team.
Your team may have other resource requirements. With your customer and guide, your team should identify:
- Planned meeting space (default is MSD Design Center)
- Planned build & test space (e.g., Design Center, EE Senior Design Lab, CE Projects Lab, ME Machine Shop, Brinkman Lab, other faculty lab on campus, onsite at customer location, etc.)
- Any RIT or customer safety training required to use
- RIT Training may include, for example: lab/studio safety, fire safety, laser safety, hazardous waste management, radiation safety, gas cylinder training, shop safety
- Full list of available RIT courses is available here. If you have an external customer, they may require additional training.
Meeting Minutes, Notes, & ActionsMSD I & II. Notes and meeting minutes can he found here.
At the end of each phase we have a team meeting in talk as a team what each of is good at and can improve at.
Project ReviewsPreparation, notes and actions, etc. Refer to Gate Reviews page, as well.
Problem definition review meeting outline can be found HERE.