Group 17 - Fisher-Price Power Wheels Jeep Hurricane

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This is the planning stage of the project. You will be assessing the project, the product, and your group. The deliverables for this gate are the Work Proposal, Management Proposal, and the Initial Assessment. These are to be submitted in a technical report via the group’s wiki page. Project Management: Request for Proposal

Work Proposal

Your group needs to provide an overview of how you plan to reverse engineer your product. Propose an approach for disassembly and assembly with specific details on what tools will be required, how long it will take and the challenges you have identified through initial inspection of your product. Be sure to include a summary of the capabilities your group has and the shortcomings you may have. You will not be penalized for providing an honest evaluation of your abilities; you should take time to assess those skills you currently have, and identify the skills you must develop to be successful.

Management Proposal

How does your group plan to manage its work? Provide a point of contact for me to get in touch with your group and outline how often you will meet, where you will meet and at what time. Provide me with a plan that will enable you to meet all the project requirements in the timeline provided. You should also provide roles for your group members, like “Project Manager,” “Technical Lead,” “Communication Liaison” or others that will be needed for success. For each role outline a list of responsibilities, specific to each gate. Be sure to address how you will handle group conflicts. Product Archaeology: Preparation and Initial Assessment Complete a thorough analysis of your product without doing any dissection, either physical or virtual; you may not open up your product beyond normal usage or use exploded assembly drawings. Normal usage covers anything a customer would do in using the product, such as changing a filter in a vacuum cleaner or replacing batteries in a toy. The goal of this stage is to familiarize your group with the product and gather the required information to successfully complete the product dissection. Your analysis should at a minimum answer the questions in Table 1. Use photographs, videos, and animations when appropriate.MAE 277: Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Practice Fall 2013 Instructors: Phil Cormier and Andrew Olewnik Course Project: Gate 1 – Project Planning Copyright 2013 – Andrew Olewnik and Phillip M. Cormier

Table 1: Preparation and Initial Assessment Questions Create a development profile for the product(s): When was the product developed? What were the key economic and global concerns at the time of development? In what countries or regions is the product intended to be sold? What was the intended impact on the consumer and the society in which it is used? Create a usage profile for the product(s): What is the intended use of the product? Is this product for home or professional use? What jobs does the product perform? What tasks are required to achieve different objective? Create an energy profile for the product(s): What types of energy are used? How is energy imported into the system(s)? How are different types of energy transformed and modified? Create a complexity profile for the product(s): How many components are used? How complex are the individual components? How complex are component interactions? Create a material profile for the product(s): What materials are clearly visible? Based on previous answers to the above questions, what materials do you think are not visible but present? Create a user interaction profile for the product(s): How does the user interface with the product(s)? How intuitive are the interfaces? Is the product easy to use? Is regular maintenance required? If so, how easy is the maintenance? Create a product alternative profile: What product alternatives exist? What are the advantages? What are the disadvantages? How do these product alternatives compare? What are the differences in cost between alternative products? In what situation might you use an alternative product? Consider different usage cases Consider GSEE influences