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Chapter 15: Keeping a Project Folder 155 CHAPTER 15: KEEPING A PROJECT FOLDER Chapter outline Purpose Content and organization Key guidelines for keeping a project folder Upload all project-related material to appropriate folders in Depot, including: drafts and final versions of all reports, PowerPoint slides, testing guides, project definitions, RAM and Gantt charts, etc. sketches and drawings from brainstorming, alternatives, mock- ups, and prototypes (scanned versions) email correspondence team documents, such as team standards, agendas, and minutes research results, such as articles, photos, videos, test data, and interview summaries Upload material as you produce it—don't wait till the end of the proj- ect 15.1 PURPOSE Professional engineers and designers know the importance of keeping com- plete records of all their projects. The most common tool for doing this is the engineering notebook, which has two purposes. (1) It provides a central loca- tion for recording research plans and results, design ideas, data, notes, and sketches—all of which are used by the team and others who continue the proj- ect. Because employees sometimes leave one company for another in the mid- dle of a project, the remaining members of the team need to have a permanent repository of everyone's work in order to move forward. In addition, compa- nies looking to improve their existing products depend on these repositories of project-related material to fill in subsequent teams. (2) It serves as a legal record of design activity to preserve patent protection. In industry, this is often a bound notebook that serves as a legal record, and to which pages cannot be
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This note was uploaded on 05/30/2011 for the course MATH 203 taught by Professor Xia during the Summer '00 term at Culver-Stockton.

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