Washington, District of Columbia
April 6, 2018
April 6, 2018
April 7, 2018
The Biomedical engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments at George Washington University have traditionally used a waterfall project management methodology for their two and three semester capstone design courses. We noticed that this approach resulted in incomplete senior design projects. Our analysis of these failures showed two major problems. First, students do not have experience with how things are made. So, they are unable to produce the detailed designs required by a waterfall planning scheme. Second, they are afraid to start building subsystems, so they delay building until the last moment. This left them without time to fix failures, revise their plans, and integrate components. So, we chose to utilize an agile project management technique used extensively in the software industry. We implemented a variant of scrum project planning, which is based on starting with an overall design, start to build subsystems for that design, and modify your design as you learn. It is a structured and supervised try-fail-fix approach to project management that we believe is well suited to capstone design. Our first semester modifications were generally well received by faculty and students. We compared the state of designs from previous years, which should be complete, with those submitted this year, which are not expected to be complete. We found that, overall, this year's designs are as good as previous designs. However, teams from this year have completed parts of their projects, while previous teams would not have started building.
Lee, D. T., & Wick, C. E., & Figueroa, H. (2018, April), Applying Scrum Project Management Methods in Biomedical and Electrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Design Courses Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Spring Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--29456
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