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ECE 4951 – Design Workshop. Project Management and Course Deliverables. Project Management Adages …. “Plan the Work, then Work the Plan” “Well Begun, Half-Done” “Work Smarter, not Harder” “A job worth doing is worth doing well”

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ece 4951 design workshop

ECE 4951 – Design Workshop

Project Management and Course Deliverables

project management adages
Project Management Adages …
  • “Plan the Work, then Work the Plan”
  • “Well Begun, Half-Done”
  • “Work Smarter, not Harder”
  • “A job worth doing is worth doing well”
  • In other words, everyone has trouble managing projects and managing people
organizing the project
Organizing the Project
  • Understand the project
    • Does the project have a clear purpose or meet a specific need (P&N)
    • If not, can it be modified (at the beginning!) to have one? And can it be limited to only that purpose or need?(Scope)
    • Develop a vision of the completed project and get excited about seeing it through
    • RULE OF THUMB: If you can’t summarize the project in one sentence, the project purpose needs to be refined
    • All projects must make “business sense” – the benefits outweigh the development cost
organizing continued
Organizing continued
  • Line up your resources
    • Get a commitment from management
    • Know your preliminary budget
    • Self-assess your skills (and those of your team) – Are they sufficient to meet the demands of the project?
    • If not, can you get training in time to meet the demands or can you pick team members that have the skills needed for the project?
    • If neither of these options is available, ethically you need to respectfully decline the project or line up a consultant
documenting the project
Documenting the Project
  • All engineering projects create a paper trail.
  • Well documented projects can be easily understood from conception to completion by following the paper
  • Projects with good documentation NEVER need to be repeated (Never invent the wheel more than once)
  • It takes time to document. It wastes time to not document!
documenting continued
Documenting continued
    • Meet with the customer (end-user of the project) to identify all Needs and Wants
    • Identify the components that constitute a completed project (i.e. a working prototype, an operating manual, etc.). These are called “Deliverables”.
    • Date your documentation and mark with a Revision number
project timeline
Project Timeline
  • With the project well defined by it’s deliverables and the customer’s needs, start breaking it up into tasks
  • Engineers invest time at the front end of the project to thoroughly think it through in as much step-by-step detail as possible, documenting all along the way
    • There would be no space program or skyscrapers without engineers designing and troubleshooting ON PAPER prior to construction. The cost and risk would outweigh the benefit
timeline continued
Timeline continued
  • With the project broken into tasks, a timeline for completion is created
    • Start with the completion Deadline
    • Then work backward toward the present
    • Each task must be assigned ownership to a team member
    • Each task must also be assigned a completion date, based on the workload of the team and impact the task has on the completion of other tasks and overall completion of the project
timeline continued1
Timeline continued
  • A well planned timeline becomes a project schedule.
  • Set reasonable tasks and task deadlines, then MEET THEM
  • Make sure team members understand their tasks and have the resources to complete them
  • Tasks can be considered mini projects. Team members should apply the project management principles to the tasks as well, breaking them into sub-tasks and scheduling their completion.
project management
Project Management
  • With a detailed and documented Timeline in hand, revisit the Budget, making a detailed engineering estimate of time and materials.
  • With Timeline and Budget fully developed and communicated to team members, management and the customer, the project is ready to start.
  • With a good timeline, the project is Trackable. It becomes a contract that binds everyone to meeting deadlines. It allows you to see where, when and why a project gets into trouble.
the project manager
The Project Manager
  • A Good Project Manager is:
    • First and Foremost a good communicator, sharing information, conveying a vision for the project, convincing management to commit and team members to work
    • Secondly, willing to invest the time to plan, document and track the project – Fussy Details
    • Motivated by the vision of the completed project and able to find ways to motivate others to share that vision
  • The ability to break the project into clear and reasonable tasks is essential to making progress (Most common shortcoming of Project Management)
  • Clear and reasonable tasks can only result from a deep understanding of a project that has been properly defined in scope
  • Deep understanding of a project TAKES TIME. Be willing to invest the time and energy.
  • Determine the Project’s Purpose and Necessity and limit its Scope to that P&N
  • Start the Documentation Process by assessing the Customer’s Needs and Wants and what you will Deliver.
  • Think through the project, identifying Tasks. Develop a detailed cost estimate.
  • Assemble your resources and develop a reasonable timeline.
  • Track, Track, Track
  • Document, Document, Document
  • Celebrate upon successful completion
  • Chap, James: 5-Steps to Project Success, v1.1,
senior design handbook
Senior Design Handbook
technical writing
Technical Writing
  • Write to a Specific Audience
  • Make an Outline for the entire paper
  • The First Page is Priceless! Write it last. Summarize.
technical writing1
Technical Writing
  • Use plain English. Limit the length of phrases.
  • Use strong Verbs (show confidence)
    • Weak: It is hoped that the design demonstrates robustness.
    • Strong: The design demonstrates robustness.
  • Test the document with the intended audience
    • (proof read by you and at least one other person)
technical writing2
Technical Writing
  • Format to emphasize important information (bold, bullets, color, etc)
  • Invest time in the quality of your illustrations and the way you describe them. Don’t write a long paragraph when a picture and one sentence says more!
  • Avoid common grammar and punctuation errors:
    • Do a word search for every instance of your common mistakes
    • My pet peeves: to, too ; your, you’re

their, there, they’re

technical writing3
Technical Writing
  • Professional Documents are written in the third person:
  • Professional Documents are written in a single tense (Usually past tense)
    • Good: “The experiment was performed to the specified parameters with satisfactory results.”
    • Poor: “We performed the experiment satisfactorily. And it is good.”
  • 1st draft of final paper: November 23
  • Abstract and Presentation Announcement due in ECE office the week of Dec 3
  • Demonstration fully operational: Dec 5
  • Draft of oral presentation: Dec 7
  • Presentation/Battle Royale: Week of December 10
for next week
For Next Week:

Each Person will Write a P&N for the project.

- 1 Page (Quality, not Quantity!)

- Convince me that the world will stop turning unless I approve your project

- If you use a picture, make SURE you credit the source

- If you direct quote anyone, cite your source

- Include a budgetary estimate of the time and materials necessary to do the project

also for next week
Also for Next Week
  • Familiarize yourself with the Digilent NEXSYS 2 eval board by doing several of Dr. Kwon’s EE 1315 labs, available at: