Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Group Project

In your second year there is one module where you will have to be in a group to produce a group project report.  This is in the Software and Project Management module of the engineering course.  The group can be made up of 5 or 6 people.  My group contains 6 people including myself.  In order for any group to be successful, firstly there needs to be a group leader.  This is known as the “Project Manager”.  

This week we had the introduction to the implementation stage of the project.  For your information, this is the 4th stage of the Waterfall Development Lifecycle that organisations use on a daily basis.  Having to produce this implementation for the project is a top priority for all of us on the course and especially within my group.  We were preparing for the hectic weeks ahead.  There is so much to do but, not much time to do everything therefore, we need to have great focus on the project in order to be successful.  

Setting objectives is an outline goal in which allows each member to understand what is going to happen and where we all need to be.  By doing this, it is the second way for any group to be successful.

The objective for the group to complete this project is: to complete the implementation and then testing stage (5th stage) of the Waterfall Development Lifecycle within a month period to the highest standard.

To begin the process of completing the project, it is very wise to understand every member of the group’s skills and their individual ability to carry out certain assigned tasks.  From clarifying the group member skills, tasks can be given to the right person to develop and produce an outstanding piece of work.  Once the tasks have been completed, they can be merged together into the final full report document, edited and reviewed a number of times and then sent off to the client/stakeholder.  In this case as it is a University group project, the client/stakeholder is the lecturer.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Good Week, Good Results

This week has been absolutely great! It has been a much better start to the second year in the second term.  I received lots of good news and results this week – from both university and my industrial placement that I applied for.  Things are looking up. 

This weekend is going to be a well-deserved resting period however; I will be celebrating first and resting later.  Going out with my friends and having a good time is so long overdue and a definite MUST!

Good week + Good Results = CELEBRATION!!

Time to party, have loads of fun and live the uni life that I had in first year.  (Not too crazy though).

At this moment in time at university, I have no assignments and exams/test coming up anytime soon so that’s a relief.  On the other hand, in the back of my head I know there will be one or two set in the coming week.  By checking the course handbook, it clarifies the schedule that the lecturers are following.  It shows the week beginning of when the lecturers are planning to set the assignments and the assignment due dates for which they needed to be handed in.  It is very handy to go by these dates so you can prioritise your work and maybe involve your social life in the timescale(s).

It is always a good feeling to know you have finished work and you are now able to relax but not for too long because there is always more work coming just around the corner.  It is never ending university work.  In the long term, it will all pay off so don’t feel discouraged or think, “When is this going to end?”, because it will eventually.

That’s enough about my happy times for this week. I’ll keep you guys posted. Hope you have enjoyed my blog.