2.1 Project Schedule

Your team needs to create a project schedule to help ensure that you'll complete all the necessary tasks involved to design and develop your team's smart device solution. This phase of the project will require about 4-6 weeks to complete. Your teacher will identify the specific deadline(s) for this project phase.

This flowchart shows the major tasks that your team must complete during this project phase:

In the first task, your team will work together to create a system model of your smart device and web app. This will give your team a shared vision of what your smart device solution will do.

Then your team members will start to work in parallel on different tasks, depending on their team role. Some of the tasks must be completed in a certain order. When necessary, you might have multiple team members working together on certain tasks.

Your team will finish this project phase by presenting your working smart device solution to the class. (In the next project phase, your team will evaluate your solution with people outside your team, in order to refine the solution before the final public presentation.)

There are different methods and formats for project schedules (Critical Path, Gantt Chart, etc.), but developing and using a project schedule typically involves these steps:

  1. Identify the sequence of tasks to be completed (which might require dividing major tasks into subtasks)

  2. Assign one or more team members to lead or perform each task

  3. Estimate the amount of time to complete each task

  4. Develop a draft schedule with specific dates for working on the tasks

  5. Finalize the schedule by making any necessary adjustments (task sequence, assigned resources, durations, dates, etc.) to ensure the project deadline(s) will be met

  6. Use the schedule to monitor the team's progress on a regular basis, and make any necessary adjustments to keep the project on track

Your teacher might assign a specific format or template for your team's project schedule.

If not, you could use this project schedule template, which has a simple format that assigns tasks by week (similar to a weekly sprint in Scrum or Agile planning).

❏ Deliverables

  • Submit your team's project schedule

  • Provide weekly updates on your team's progress

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