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Surviving a group project

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How to survive a group project in COMP4710 Senior Design Project? This is a training module in the second lecture of week 1. The module takes approximately 20 minutes. After the training session is done, please check the progress of the development groups.

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Surviving a group project

  1. 1. 1 COMP 4710 Senior Design Project Surviving a Group Project Dr. Xiao Qin Auburn University http://www.eng.auburn.edu/~xqin xqin@auburn.edu
  2. 2. 2 Learning Goals Goal: Compete for positions in the job market or in graduate schools. Team Work Skills Leadership Abilities Problem Solving Skills Management Skills
  3. 3. Project Planning 3
  4. 4. Collaborative Learning 4
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  6. 6. Common Obstacles 6
  7. 7. Choose the best means of Communication 7
  8. 8. Assign Tasks Coupled with Deadlines 8
  9. 9. Give a Time Cushion 9
  10. 10. Take the Lead 10
  11. 11. You can’t do it alone! • When you see that your group members are not doing their part, immediately talk to them • If they won’t listen then you have to tell it to Dr. Chapman or Dr. Qin. 11
  12. 12. Stay Positive 12
  13. 13. Tools and Applications for Group Projects 13
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  18. 18. How to run an effective meeting? • Make sure there's a purpose for the meeting (Agenda) • Members should can come prepared • Take Minutes http://www.wikihow.com/Take-Minutes • Wrap up (e.g., to do list) 18
  19. 19. Our Agenda • Determine a weekly meeting time • Choose a way of communication • Toolkits to support collaborations • Decide roles in future meetings: – Who is a coordinator – Who takes minutes • Development environments, software, hardware • Make an initial plan for the architectural spike phase19

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