EngE_1104_Spring_2007_Milestone_4_Part_1_to_2_of_2_Students_Copy_V1C_TW

EngE_1104_Spring_2007_Milestone_4_Part_1_to_2_of_2_Students_Copy_V1C_TW

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Explorations Of Our Digital Future Spring 2007 Team Milestone 4, Part 1 of 2 (Combining Milestone 3 Information into a Single Chart) Written by Jeremy Garrett, Edited by Tom Walker, Copyrighted Feb. 2007 Section 1 – Creating the Needs-Metrics Matrix: In the previous milestones you have “identified the problem,” conducted “preliminary research,” developed a survey that could be used to gather more precise information about the customer needs, and you have identified the metrics and benchmarks and you have even identified some COTS components that you could potentially use. As discussed in chapter three of your text, the next step is combine this information. In order to do this, you will start by creating a “Needs – Metrics Matrix,” which is simply a chart that indicates which of your customer needs relates to which of your measurable metrics. (In order to keep things simple and consistent, you will be required to follow the example shown below.) Begin your report by simply copying and pasting the customer needs from the original project assignment document. Then copy and paste your metrics list from your previous milestone. Then create a table in MS Word that looks like the one shown below – with the metrics numbers listed in the second column and the needs numbers listed in the second row, with the titles in the first row and first column. Then place an “X” in each square that indicates where a need corresponds to a metric. (For example, the need “is small enough to fit in a typical pocket” corresponds to “total thickness” and “total length” but does not relate to weight, so there is an “X” in the boxes that correspond to size but not in the box that relates to “total weight.”) If you find needs that are not addressed by a metric, then you will need to use this time to revise your metrics list by adding more metrics to your list. Likewise, if you have a metric that does not have a corresponding need, then you will need to decide whether or not that metric is actually a valid system level metric. By sticking to system level metrics you should be able to match them to the critically important customer needs which were already provided to you. If you feel that you have a valid, important, system level metric which does not appear to correspond to one of the customer needs, then ask your instructor how to proceed. Please note that as shown in the following example, it is not only acceptable, but expected that you will have multiple metrics associated with a single customer need. The main problem to avoid when completing this assignment is to attempt to create completely new metrics in order to try to make them match the needs in an exact one-to-one relationship. That is the exact opposite of what this assignment is for. The needs and metrics
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