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ISyE Senior Design ISyE Senior Design Writing Tips Writing Tips
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Communication matters! Communication matters! Executives who can’t follow what you’re doing Executives who can’t follow what you’re doing won’t fund or implement the project. won’t fund or implement the project. and they don’t have time to try hard; it’s and they don’t have time to try hard; it’s your your responsibility to make it easy to understand. responsibility to make it easy to understand. Sloppiness and incorrectness make you look Sloppiness and incorrectness make you look BAD. BAD. which means you’re less likely to get raises, which means you’re less likely to get raises, bonuses, promotions, etc. bonuses, promotions, etc.
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A Good Written Report A Good Written Report Easy to understand Easy to understand Organization Organization Explanation Explanation Readability Readability Not “it’s all there; go figure it out” Not “it’s all there; go figure it out” Appropriate content Appropriate content What does the reader need (or not) to know? What does the reader need (or not) to know? Consistent style Consistent style No sloppiness No sloppiness Grammar, word usage, visual details, etc. Grammar, word usage, visual details, etc.
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Executive Summary: Executive Summary: Mini-report, not teaser Mini-report, not teaser The approach to analyzing and solving the problem faced by the company is multi-stepped. First, value stream mapping has been used to create a current state map that has been used to better visualize the system and the problems that currently exist. The current state map has also helped better determine exactly what data is relevant to the problem and how that data can be used to construct a solution. After careful examination and analysis of the current state, a proposed state map has been developed to show the system as it will be left. In this report, we will describe the low productivity problem in greater detail, describe the methodology behind our analysis and the way we will integrate our current work into our deliverables. Bad executive summary (reports process, not results)
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TMI: Who cares?! TMI: Who cares?! The main data set for our project contains over 36,000 lines of data which our team imported from an Access file into SAS. The data was manipulated to read text strings into SAS and assign certain numeric values to those texts, using multiple if-then statements. For example, a new column was made labeled UNIT_TYPE and it had SAS read the first letters and gave X, Y, and Z the numeric values of 1, 2, and 3 respectively. The start time and end time of each was converted to the number of hours it occurred after the origin date of January 1, 2004. This was determined by taking the difference between the event date and the origin date and converting this value to hours.
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