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Project Blueprint Document

ELEC 490/498 4 November 2010


Document Template 

Available on ELEC 49X homepage



Not only format possible





minimum info necessary



stray from this format only if justified

Worth 9 of the instructor’s total 50% mark 

presentation (end November) worth 5 of the 50%

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Text format  

9 pages 12 pt font, 1.5 line spacing, 1" margins 

hard limit  



Anything beyond this may not be read A penalty applies for extra pages

Does not include title page, table of contents, and Appendices 

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only body of document

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Title page Elec 490/498 Project Blueprint Document Group <#> <Project Title> <Group Members> Submitted November 22nd, 2010 To: <Course Instructors> <Faculty Supervisor(s)>

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Executive Summary  

1 page maximum A brief overview of    



the project work completed the status of your scheduling problems encountered etc.

These will be elaborated on in the body 

avoid details

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1. Introduction 

A brief introduction containing:   

the purpose of this report who it is intended for the organization of this report

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2. Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) 

Definition:

[ from James R. Chapman, www.hyperthot.com]

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Work Breakdown Structure is a results-oriented family tree that captures all the work of a project in an organized way. It is often portrayed graphically as a hierarchical tree, however, it can also be a tabular list of "element" categories and tasks or the indented task list that appears in your Gantt chart schedule.â&#x20AC;?

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2. Work Breakdown Structure 

Beware: level of detail 

not too coarse, not too fine 





avoid to-do list approach

use 3 levels as a guide

Include past and present tasks 

indicate which tasks are completed



Indicate the task assignments by individual



Can be textual or diagrammatic

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3. Progress To Date 

Describe the work that has been completed up to now  give details of problems encountered that were dealt with in getting the work done 

save details of problems not solved for Section 5.



Describe the changes that have been implemented from the original/revised proposal, including:  scheduling  milestones - state all milestones & any changes in them  division of labour  parts  interface specs  etc...



Refer to discussions with Faculty Supervisors, Instructors in which these changes were approved

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3. Progress To Date 

Include diagrams (which can be placed in the appendices) as necessary to describe changes from the original/revised proposal. 



e.g., show an updated timeline with progress indicated

Speak positively (but accurately, of course) when describing what you have accomplished so far

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4. Budget 

Show what items have been purchased so far, and what is yet to be purchased



Show what portion of the budget has been spent



Indicate if you are targeted to be over, under, or on-budget

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4. Budget example Purchase date

Item

Estimated Cost

Cost

Visual C/C++

Oct 17th

$125

Chipset

Nov. 5th

$62

PCB board fab

March

$300

printing

April

$60

TOTAL

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$547

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5. Potential Technical Problems and Mitigation Strategies 

Describe any current problems and potential problems that you foresee in meeting your goals



For each problem, describe a way to either  

reduce the possibility that it will occur and/or a course of recovery if it does occur.

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5. Potential Problems and Mitigation – Example Potential Problem

Likelihood

Hardware will not meet specs

Medium

Process too computationally intensive for available PC

High

Developed encryption algorithm doesn’t work

Low

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Mitigation Strategy Implement function in software • •

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Buy a faster PC Split across 2 PCs Scrap project Use different standard encryption algorithm

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6. Strategies to address the wider impact of the project • Describe how you will address any health/safety risks related to your project. If you think that your project has minimal or no health/safety risks, then explain why that is the case. • Describe strategies to mitigate the environmental impact of your project. If there’s no impact, state why. • Discuss how your group will approach the potential legal ramifications of your work, as appropriate. 04/11/2010

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7. Conclusions 

Summarize:   

important details of the report the direction the project is going in what you will have to show at the end

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References 

List references, including:    



project proposal weekly reports discussions with Faculty Supervisors other material referred to in this document and in your project

Beware of plagiarism !

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Appendices 

Include any material that was too long to include in the body of the report



Put Figures in Appendices 



except WBS

Avoid â&#x20AC;&#x153;dumpingâ&#x20AC;? extraneous material into an appendix  

material should enhance and clarify body of document appendices will not generally be included in the evaluation 

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Do not forget proper styling 

Incorporate styling instructions described in MS Word tutorial. For example you can:  Use headings (modify with styles if desired).  Label figures and tables   

Use Word to create a table of contents, list of tables, and list of figures. Use numbered references You do not need to follow the strict formatting in MS Word tutorial examples

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Submission and Penalties 

Due 1:00 pm, Nov. 22nd, 2010  ONE paper hardcopy per group must be submitted to the ELEC 49X assignment box.  ONE copy should also be submitted directly to the group's supervisor(s).



Late submission:   

Directly to your instructor 10% per day penalty for the first 6 days (including weekend) Zero mark, afterwards (you still need to submit the document)

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Blueprint meeting â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sign-up   

Sign-up for the meeting by the same deadline as for the document submission Sign-up only for available time-slots for your instructor Conflicting time? 



Coordinate with your instructor at least a week before the meetings, with relevant proof of conflict

No sign-up?  

You will be randomly placed in an empty slot Penalty applies to your meeting mark

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Blueprint Meetings â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 15 Minutes  

You describe your progress in the first 7 minutes You can prepare a presentation and bring your laptop, if you like: 



No extra time can be allotted for this!

Individual performance is going to be assessed 

In the last 8 minutes, the instructor asks questions from you, individually.

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Any Questions about blueprint?

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