A team project requires you to apply IT and innovative thinking to research, develop and present a solution to a problem or issue that could emerge in business context. You will choose from a list of more or less well-defined project embryos and work toward a solution through several sprints during the course.
The projects are different so the content of each project may vary considerably; it is, however, critical that your team develops a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the issue at the heart of the project, and demonstrate a coherent and workable solution.
Read carefully this document that defines the roles and responsibilities of your team, the client and the instructor in the project.
There are three main deliverables you need to submit for assessment.
Deliverable 1: Final project deck and appendixes
The project deck should be a relatively concise presentation that is fine-tuned and polished to a high standard. The deck should answer the following questions:
- What is the project about and why it is interesting or valuable?
- What is your proposed solution? What are alternatives you considered? What kind of interdependencies and implications to other system your solution has?
- What kind of financial, technical or other benefits does your solution offers compared to feasible alternatives?
- What resources are needed to move forward with the project? How much would these cost and how you suggest to acquire these?
- What kind of valuable extensions or opportunities your solution could offer?
You will present your project at the end of each sprint during the course to get feedback on your progress. It is part of the assessment that you demonstrate good use of this opportunity by presenting material that allow the instructor to give useful feedback.
Also, you need to use appendixes to provide more detailed analysis and additional information that is not suitable for the presentation deck. The list of appendixes may vary from a project to another.
Deliverable 2: Website
A project website has two aims. First, the website must introduce and describe your project to any interested party. Second, the website must organizes and make project documentation, inducing different versions created throughout the course, easily accessible. The website must be produced to a high professional standard.
Create your website on the MIS Community platform to meet the following requirements:
- The website must be thoughtfully designed and look good.
- You can use one of the following themes: Infinity Pro, Digital Pro, or Enterprise Pro. To apply one of these themes, first create the website using the standard theme and then contact the instructor to request selected theme.
- Include a short description of the project.
- Arrange the project documents and their different versions in an easy-to-understand and highly accessible structure on the site.
- Add any relevant screenshots, prototype design, links to external service, photos, etc. related to your work to the site.
- Include names and pictures of team members and links to their personal e-portfolio.
Start the website early and then improve and add to it as you work with your project.
Deliverable 3: Demonstration
You must provide a demonstration of your solution. This may be based on a functioning prototype (e.g. using Justinmind software or prototype app), real-time code execution (e.g. using a Jupyter notebook), or interacting with software/hardware in some other way that is appropriate for the project. The key is that you demonstrate the experience of how your solution works, not just describe it. Discuss with your client and the intructor the appropriate form of demonstration.
End of sprint presentations
25% of the team project grade is based on five intermediary presentation at the end of sprint and the quality of posted materials at these checkpoints.
- There are five graded, end-of-the-sprint presentations during the term. See the course schedule and these instructions for what is expected for these.
- Each graded end-of-the-sprint presentation is worth 5% of the team project grade.
- If you are unprepared for the presentation or fail to post the materials to your website, the team will receive zero for that milestone.
- All team members are required to participate in all presentations.
- 75% of the team project grade is based on the overall quality of the final deliverables (deck, appendixes, website and demonstration).
- The peer evaluation from your team members is factored into your individual grade.
Note. The required additional documentation includes the 1) project charter, 2) website and 3) other appendixes appropriate to your project.
- You will be required to submit draft versions of additional documentation throughout the semester.
- For each piece of required documentation received at a checkpoint, you will receive a pass/fail from the instructor.
- You cannot receive credit for the final deliverable until your team receives a ‘pass’ evaluation for all components.
- The deadline for receiving a ‘pass’ for all components is the presentation dry-run on 04/11/2019.
Failure to deliver this part of the project will render your team unable to pass the course with a C.
Grading by the client
The client will provide two grades during the term that will be factored into the final grade for the project.
Form a team of five people. Smaller or larger teams are strongly discouraged and likely disapproved by the instructor due to difficult logistics.
Submit all project related documents via the project website.
Working with the clients
The team must appoint a liaison as a single point of contact for the client for questions and scheduling meetings. It is up to you to decide, in collaboration with the client, how to best interact and use the client’s limited time. Your team must prepare for the meetings with the client properly; make sure you provide appropriate documents and are prepared to demonstrate your progress so that the client can give effective feedback.