Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Interview Plan: Mckinley Math Team

I'm pretty excited to be able to implement this idea and help out my Alma mater.  The math team coach with whom I would be meeting with was previously my calculus teacher.  I have visited him a few times recently so this interview will be somewhat casual, although we will be there to get work done and get this project started.  Here is a draft of our plan:


Objective of Interview
-Determine the main pet peeves (mainly data that needs to be calculated and recorded manually) in the math team and figure out whether we can develop some technology to help them

Date, Time, and Location
-To be determined

User Participants (names and titles/positions)
-Jon Furukawa, Math team head coach and instructor at Mckinley High School

Project Team Participants
-Kevin Goo


1. During math meets how is the score keeping currently done?
2. What is the actual algorithm for computing someone's score?
3. Can we provide a system to make it easier?
4. Is there valuable information that should be saved?
5. What other tasks need to be done, perhaps not during the meet but at practices?
6. Can we provide functionalities to help train new students?


Important decisions or answers to questions
- Refer to notes taken
Open items not resolved with assignments for solution
- Refer to notes taken

Date and time of next meeting or follow-up session
-To be determined

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Reaching out: Mckinley Math Team

In preparation for contacting the math team coach about my project idea this is a quick draft email that I will be sending them:

Greetings Mckinley Math Team Coach,

We are with HPU's Software Engineering and Systems Analysis class and we would like to help you out by creating a system to manage scores and statistics for the math team.  This project will be a good opportunity for both of us as we are able to gain experience while helping out a local non-profit.

We have a strong background in programming and would like to work with you to develop a system to suit your needs.  We would love to provide something that will be useful to you and the students in the Mckinley math team.  If you are interested, we would like to meet with you and discuss further possibilities of this project.

Please let us know if we can help, we look forward to working with you.

Best regards,
Kevin Goo