DGC75 Status Chart

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Caltech Project Management Toolset (CPMT) Status Chart

The chart below shows the status of the tools and processes that are being developed for CS/EE/ME 75.

CPMT Status 2004-06-19.jpg

Color code:

  • Green: well defined, documented, and implemented.
  • Yellow: available, but needs work. Documentation may be missing.
  • Red: not well defined and/or implemented

The sections below give the current status of the component. Clink on the component title for a description of the component.

CPMT Modules

GOTChA Chart

Need to copy over GOTChA chart info from TeamCaltech wiki.


  • Design Specification: objectives should reflect level 1 specifications
  • Status Chart: approach should correspond to status chart
  • Timeline Chart: objectives/approach should be reflected on timeline chart
  • Design Reviews: GOTChA charts for the basis for design review presentations

Status Chart

The status chart serves several purposes. It documents the system architecture, defines interfaces, assigns responsibilities, sets priorities, and communicates this information in an easy-to-read format. It's a simple idea, but very effective. Here's an example of a status chart used for the 2004 DARPA Grand Challenge.


In this example, each of the components of the embedded systems architecture is drawn as a block. Each block has assigned to it a color which designates the status of that component. In addition, there are arrows between many of the blocks. This indicates the interfaces between components. Their status is also color-coded. Red means "this component is in trouble - need help!". Green means "everything is ok - nothing to be done here" and yellow is somewhere inbetween.

Each block and interface is also assigned an owner (indicated by the small white boxes with the owner's initials in it). Cross-hatched blocks denote a block that is not a high priority at the moment.

Note the creative use of colors (yellow + red is not exactly yellow and not exactly red, but something in between), and the presence of the “Vehicle” and “Path Planning” blocks (which were detailed on separate status charts for those teams).


  • GOTChA chart: approach should be reflected on this chart
  • Timeline chart: status should be relative to timeline (milestones)
  • Bugzilla task lists: subsystem blocks should be represented as components in bugzilla.
  • Project/team meetings: status chart should be used in team meetings to guide discussion of current status

Timeline Chart

Need to create description of timeline chart. Should link to project meetings.


  • GOTChA chart: approach should be reflected in timeline
  • Project/team meetings: missing
  • Status chart: status should be reflected in timeline; arrow may be one way?

Bugzilla Task Lists

Fairly well defined process here. Need to copy over information on how to use Bugzilla from Team Caltech Wiki


  • Status chart: products specified by teams, components specified by status chart blocks
  • Project/team meetings: use Bugzilla in team meetings to look at critical and blocker tasks. Team and project meeting action items should get entered into bugzilla by note taker
  • Design reviews: record design review action items in bugzilla
  • Demos/tests: record actions from demos and tests in bugzilla

Wiki Documentation

Need to write down how the Wiki is supposed to be structured and used. Can copy a lot of this from TeamCaltech site.


  • Technical work: only documented work will be graded
  • Design reviews: all work presented at reviewes should be documented
  • Tests/demos: all results from tests should be documented

CPMT Activities

Project/Team Meetings

We have a pretty good template in place for these: goals, agenda, notetaker. Need to create a document for proper meeting practices.


  • GOTChA charts: Meetings should start and end with GOTChA charts
  • Status charts: Meeting status updates should use status chart to organize discussion
  • Bugzilla: Meetings should review blocker items in bugzilla and new actions should be recorded in bugzilla

Weekly Progress Reports

Design Reviews

Need to figure out how design reviews should be held. Probably having a couple of different types: working meetings, preliminary design review, critical design review.


  • Design specification: design specs should be the basis for the review
  • Technical Work: technical work should be driven by design reviews and new actions from design reviews should be reflected in technical work
  • Wiki documentation: not sure what the link is here yet. Define or delete.


Need to define some processes around tests and (field) demonstrations. These include pre-demo checklists, test matrices, test manager, etc.


  • Wiki Documentation: results of demos should be documented
  • Bugzilla task lists: action items from demos should be entered in Bugzilla
  • Technical work: technical work should be driven by demo milestones

CPTM Interfaces

Project Selection

Design Specification

Don't currently have any formal way of specifying system requirements or propogating them through the design. Need to think through how requirements will be specified at both project and team level.


  • GOTChA chart: requirements should be reflected in objectives
  • Design reviews: reviews should demonstrate requirements are met

Course Projects

SURF Projects

Industry Interaction

Volunteer Interaction

Final Competition