As of now, my team and I have completed the joint model project, the reference product assignment, a discussion post on customer needs, and a design matrix. We are moving on to our preliminary proposal. All assignments have been completed more or less in a timely manner and are productive towards the goal of this project. I am confident that we will keep working well if we continue to use exceptional communication skills.
As a team, we are planning on chipping away at the proposal until it is completed. We are doing this mainly because we have to, but also because it will help us prepare for the presentation following the deadline of our final proposal.
AACS (pronounced “Ace’s”) chose knee injuries because they are increasingly common among a variety of sports such as track, football, volleyball, basketball and many more.
The joint model was a bit difficult to create because the leg bones have unique shape and have many working parts in between them. For example, the tibia and fibula are connects by ligaments and other tissue. This was difficult to model because the way it looks in the body isn’t easy to recreate with wood, glue, and rubber bands.
Our current direction will help us in the long run of this project. The research will especially help us make a good case when the time comes. According to Cleveland Clinic, about 18 million people visit the doctor or E.R. due to knee injury. Knees injuries, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), are one of the most common reasons patients go to see their doctors. There are many injuries that can occur in the knee. The most common are tears in important tendons and ligaments such as a tear in your Anterior Cruciate Ligament or Meniscus. Fractures and dislocation of the knee cap are also very common.
I feel very good about our place in the project. Everything is more or less running smoothly. At first I was nervous about being team leader. I know that I know what I am doing, but I didn’t know if I would be good at keeping everyone on task and helping my group keep in a good direction. I think I am doing a pretty good job. Being a team leader isn’t so much about telling people what to do than it is being there as a consultant. So far I have not been especially stressed out but we still have a long way to go.