TC 5 (team) -- Project progress report

Worth: 30 points
Assigned: 16 March 2015
Due: 30 March 2015
Little Toy Blue
1 Varsity Drive
Suite 1973
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108

To: All Educational Toy Division engineers
From: Nikola Tesla, Vice President for Innovation
Subject:   Educational toy project progress reports
Date: 16 March 2015

Following the successful oral presentations by our engineering teams, we have decided to have each team go forward with its prototype educational toy. To help us monitor project status, each team will submit a progress report halfway through the project. This report will include all activities from project initiation to that date. Please submit your report in memo format. You are expected to include a Gantt chart as a visual in your report.

The progress report (also known as the "status report" or "interim report") is an interim summary and evaluation of the project, aimed at management (in this case, the senior management of Little Toy Blue). In essence, you are trying to make the case that your project is on track and that the resources allotted to it are being well spent. You do this by

Therefore, it will include the following content elements:

All of these areas are important, and all of them need to have some attention paid to them. Note that they are content areas, not sections. How you structure the actual document is to some extent up to you, but basic structures are in your technical communications textbook and set out below. A good approach is to focus on tasks, which you have already considered in your progress report. If you see a project as a set of tasks, then for each task you can talk about

If "how they were resolved" involves doing something different than you originally proposed, then you have made a change in scope. One of the most important functions of a progress report is to document changes in scope.

Suggested structure

Important note: This is a team assignment. Thus you must work together, dividing up the work fairly, and each person on your team will receive the same grade on this report. Each person should sign the College of Engineering's Honor Pledge on the last page of the assignment. This step is essential because unsigned work cannot receive a grade. The Honor Pledge is: "I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this assignment, nor have I concealed any violations of the Honor Code." For the purposes of a team report, substitute "we" for "I." Note that if anyone does not do his or her share of the work, it's a violation of the Honor Code to receive credit for the assignment--and it's a violation to allow that person to receive credit. If everyone puts in an honest effort, everyone wins.

Feel free to contact Dr. Hildinger with questions.

How to submit your work

One member from your team should submit the PDF file for this assignment here.