Capstone Project Collaboration Checklist
Several criteria are required for successful collaboration between OSE and University Capstone Projects and other collaborators. (OSE and Collaborator from here onwards.)
- Principle of dogfooding - the developers must have a direct and first hand interest in developing a technology. The technology cannot simply be developed for others or as a product for sale, without the User being the Developer on the Collaborator's side.
These are the requirements for a successful Collaboration:
- Project Manager. The Project Manager is responsible for guiding the progress of a Capstone Project through its phases of development. Permanent staff, advisor, or liaison must be available to interface between OSE and the Capstone Project.
- OSE's provides technology review upon milestones being met, and OSE is involved in the Final Project Presentation.
- The role of OSE is to provide specifications for a product, and for the Capstone Project to follow the specifications.
- Along the lines of the Principle of Dogfooding - The Direct Stakeholder must be involved in the design discussions, and must not be merely a beneficiary or consumer of the technology that is being developed.
- A continuity plan must exist for subsequent iterations on the to occur based on the development, as opposed to producing a single iteration. OSE does not have the resources to continue direct development on all Capstone collaboration. The Capstone must come to the table with a continuity plan for carrying on further iterations towards product release.
- Conditions of Satisfaction must be pre-defined, and agreement must be obtained on these Conditions prior to a collaboration taking place.
- For communications purposes, a Capstone collaboration is official once a Memorandum of Understanding is achieved.
Conditions of Satisfaction
- Project Charter - roles and responsibilities of contributors
- Specification of Effort requirement (Commitment) on the part of the Collaborator, Project Manager, and OSE
- Specifications of Outcomes with specific Metrics for each outcome
- Scope of Work - what is included and what isn't
- Metrics - how outcomes will be measured
Phases of a collaboration are:
- Agreement on Process
- Clarifying the Scope of Work
- Making Commitments and defining a budget
- Setting Milestones and Timeline
- Defining Metrics