CS-EE-ME 75 Fall 2015 Homework 3

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A. Emami, G. Blanquart, R. Murray Issued: 12 Oct 2015, 10 pm
CS/EE/ME 75, Fall 2015 Due: 18 Oct 205, 8 pm
  1. [GOTChA charts, 10 pts] Revise/update the GOTChA charts you submitted for HW 2 based on the feedback from Monday's lecture and any comments you receive from the TAs.
    • [Specifications, 20 pts] Working with your crew, provide a list of detailed specifications for the crew's subsystem. Make sure the specifications are consistent with the GOTChA chart (goals & objectives) that you created for HW 2. Notes:
      • Division leads: provide a list of high level specifications for your entire division and indicate whether you want specifications to be at the group/system or crew/subsystem level (or both).
      • When going from crew to group to division, do not simply create a list with all specifications from the lower levels. Specifications at higher levels (collections of subsystems) should reflect integrated specifications, that demonstrate that the components are working properly to deliver the intended performance level.
  2. [Budget, 10 pts] Working with your group/crew (as appropriate), estimate the required budget to meet the specifications you listed in question 2. Separate this budget into three categories based on how the money would be spent:
    • Vehicle: This should include everything that is used to build the vehicle and hence is "on" the vehicle.
    • Prototyping: This should include all prototypes, tests, piece of software, etc. used to design/build the vehicle but which do not appear on the vehicle.
    • Other: This should include everything else: lab equipment, tools, travel, etc.
    • Group leads: generate a budget consistent with your crews.
    • Division leads: generate a budget consistent with your groups.
    • Project and technical leads: generate a budget consistent with the four divisions.
  3. [Purchasing structure, 10 pts; IPT only] Propose a strategy to handle purchases and other expenses. While the overall budget is the responsibility of the Project and Technical leads, day-to-day activities should be assigned to other people. For instance, crews should be allowed/given discretion to purchase "things" up to a limit. Group leaders and Division leaders should have more discretion in spending the money, once again up to some limits. Also, it may be appropriate to identify one person in charge of the budget and one person in charge of making these purchases. They could be the same person. You should also consider whether you want one person for the whole team or one per division.