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MIS312 Agile Business Analysis

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ASSESSMENT 1 BRIEF
Subject Code and TitleMIS312 – Agile Business Analysis
AssessmentAgile Business Analysis Report
Individual/GroupIndividual
Length1500 words (+/- 10%)
Learning OutcomesThe Subject Learning Outcomes demonstrated by successful completion of the task below include: d) Communicate agile methods, processes, and approaches with stakeholders in order to address organisational requirements.
SubmissionDue by 11:55pm AEST/AEDT Sunday end of Module 3.1.
Weighting30%
Total Marks100 marks

Task Summary

For this individual assessment, you will be required to research and write a 1500-word report on agile methods, processes, and the agile approach. This report needs to be written from the perspective of explaining Agile to someone who has no understanding of the Agile approach, as if it is being implemented in an organisation for the first time. Agile has several different frameworks or methodologies however Scrum roles, processes and tools/artefacts are found in most if not all Agile frameworks.

In your report, you will examine and explore the 12 Principles behind the Agile Manifesto – found here https://agilemanifesto.org/principles.html answering the following questions for each principle:

  1. Which Agile role does this principle MOST apply to – with your reasoning and backed by evidence?
  2. Which Agile ceremony does this principle MOST apply to – with your reasoning and backed by evidence?
  3. How does the principle align to the three pillars of Scrum?
  4. Which principles do you believe signal that Agile is a good response to combat the effects of VUCA?

To make it easier for you, you may refer to each principle by the number of its sequence e.g. “Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference for a shorter timescale” can be refered to as P3.

Context

As organisations have started to adopt an Agile approach to software development, the role of the Business Analyst has evolved from longer analysis and design activities done from initiation to completion, to a world where software is produced iteratively is smaller release in sprints. For you to succeed in a role as an Agile Business Analyst will require an understanding of agile methods processes and approaches.

Task Instructions

Report Structure

The report is brief and therefore will not require and executive summary or abstract.

  • Title page: should include subject ID, subject name, assignment title, student’s name, student number and lecturer’s name
  • Introduction (175-200 words): Also serve as your statement of purpose for the report. This means that you will tell the reader what you are going to cover in your report. You will need to inform the reader of:
    • Your area of research and its context
    • The key concepts you will be addressing,
    • What the reader can expect to find in the body of the report
  • Body of the report (1000 – 1100 words)
  • Which Agile role does this principle MOST apply to – with your reasoning and backed by evidence?
  • Which Agile ceremony does this principle MOST apply to – with your reasoning and backed by evidence?
  • How does the principle align to the three pillars of Scrum?
  • Which principles do you believe signal that Agile is a good response to combat the effects of VUCA?
  • Conclusion (175 – 200 words): summarise any findings that the report puts forward regarding the concepts covered in the report.

Layout

The report should use font Arial or Calibri 11 point, should be line spaced at 1.5 for ease of reading and page numbers on the bottom of each page.

With the required diagrams due attention should be given to pagination to avoid loss of meaning and continuity by unnecessarily splitting information over two pages. Diagrams must carry the appropriate captioning.

Referencing

It is essential that you use appropriate APA style for citing and referencing research. Please see more information on referencing here http://library.laureate.net.au/research_skills/referencing

Submission Instructions

Please submit ONE MSWord document (.doc or .docx) via the Assessment 1 section found in the main navigation menu of the subject’s Blackboard site. The Learning Facilitator will provide feedback via the Grade Centre in the LMS portal. Feedback can be viewed in My Grades.

Academic Integrity Declaration

I declare that except where I have referenced, the work I am submitting for this assessment task is my own work. I have read and am aware of Torrens University Australia Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure viewable online at http://www.torrens.edu.au/policies-and-forms

I am aware that I need to keep a copy of all submitted material and their drafts, and I will do so accordingly.

Assessment Rubric

  Assessment AttributesFail (Yet to achieve minimum standard) 0-49%Pass (Functional) 50-64%Credit (Proficient) 65-74%Distinction (Advanced) 75-84%High Distinction (Exceptional) 85-100%
Knowledge and understanding   Understanding of the key concepts of Agile methods, processes and the Agile approach.     25%Lack of understanding of the required concepts and knowledge.   Key components of the assignment are not addressed.   Lack of application, and analysis of information to provide clear recommendations.Limited understanding of required concepts and knowledge.   Some of the key components of the assignment are not addressed.   Limited application and analysis to provide clear recommendations.Adequate knowledge or understanding of the required concepts.   A reasonable capacity to explain and apply relevant key concepts.   Supports opinion and information substantiated by evidence from research to provide recommendations.Thorough understanding of the key concepts.   Discriminates between assertion of opinion and information substantiated by robust evidence from the research/course materials and extended reading.   Well demonstrated capacity to apply and analyse relevant information to provide clear recommendations.Highly developed understanding of the field or discipline/s.   Systematically and critically discriminates between assertion of opinion and information substantiated by robust evidence from the research/course materials and extended reading.   Recommendations are clearly justified based on the application and analysis of information.
Analysis and application with synthesis of new knowledge   Demonstrates an understanding of the Agile approach, the Scrum process, VUCA and the principles of the Agile ManifestoLimited synthesis and analysis.   Limited application/recommendat ions based upon analysis.Demonstrated analysis and synthesis of new knowledge with application.   Shows the ability to interpret relevant information and literature.Well-developed analysis and synthesis with application of recommendations linked to analysis/synthesis.Thoroughly developed and sound analysis and synthesis with application of pretested models and / or independently developed models and justified recommendations linked to analysis/synthesis.Highly sophisticated and creative analysis, synthesis of new with existing knowledge.   Strong application by way of pretested models and / or independently developed models. Recommendations are clearly justified based on

  35%    the analysis/synthesis. Applying knowledge to new situations/other cases.
Effective Communication (Written)             20%Presents information.   Specialised language and terminology is rarely or inaccurately employed.   Meaning is repeatedly obscured by errors in the communication of ideas, including errors in structure, sequence, spelling, grammar, punctuation and/or the acknowledgment of sources.Communicates in a readable manner that largely adheres to the given format.   Generally employs specialised language and terminology with accuracy.   Meaning is sometimes difficult to follow. Information, arguments and evidence are structured and sequenced in a way that is not always clear and logical.   Some errors are evident in spelling, grammar and/or punctuation.Communicates in a coherent and readable manner that adheres to the given format.   Accurately employs specialised language and terminology.   Meaning is easy to follow. Information, arguments and evidence are structured and sequenced in a way that is clear and logical.   Occasional minor errors present in spelling, grammar and/or punctuation.Communicates coherently and concisely in a manner that adheres to the given format.   Accurately employs a wide range of specialised language and terminology.   Engages audience interest. Information, arguments and evidence are structured and sequenced in a way that is, clear and persuasive.   Spelling, grammar and punctuation are free from errors.Communicates eloquently. Expresses meaning coherently, concisely and creatively within the given format.   Discerningly selects and precisely employs a wide range of specialised language and terminology.   Engages and sustains audience’s interest. Information, arguments and evidence are insightful, persuasive and expertly presented.   Spelling, grammar and punctuation are free from errors.
Use of academic and discipline conventions   Formal tone   Meets the assignment brief regarding introduction, body and conclusion.Poorly written with informal tone, using first person pronouns (I, my, we, me, us) and does not adhere to the assignment brief of the requirements for a short business report.Written according to academic genre as per the assignment brief. Minor errors in the use of first- person pronouns (I, my, we, me, us).   Introduction attempted but very generic does not clearly state the purpose of theWritten according to academic genre as per the assignment brief.   Demonstrates consistent use of credible and relevant research sources to support and develop ideas.Well-written and adheres to the academic genre as per the assignment brief.   Consistently demonstrates expert use of good quality, credible and relevant research sources to support and develop appropriate arguments and statements.Expertly written and adheres to the academic genre as per the assignment brief.   Demonstrates expert use of high-quality credible and relevant research sources to support and develop arguments and position
No use of first party perspective     Appropriate use of credible resources, Correct citation of key resources using APA style of referencing   20%No introduction attempted.   Conclusion not attempted.   Demonstrates inconsistent and inadequate use of good quality, credible and relevant resources to support and develop ideas.   No use of in-text references, or no reference list at the close of the report. There are many mistakes in using the APA style.report and what the reader should expect to find in the body of the report.   Conclusion attempted but does not include summation of key concepts discussed in the report and/or key conclusions or recommendations.   Demonstrates consistent use of credible and relevant research sources to support and develop ideas, but these are not always explicit or well developed.   Little use of in-text referencing, or inadequate references consulted and added to references at the close of the report. There are some mistakes in using APA style.Sound use of the introduction but does not clearly state either the purpose of the report or what the reader should expect to find in the body of the report.   Sound use of the conclusion and succeeds in either the summation of key concepts discussed, or key conclusions or recommendations, but not both.   Good use of in-text referencing and appropriate number of references used and listed in the reference list. There are only minor errors in using the APA style.Shows evidence of reading beyond the key reading.   Good use of the introduction which clearly states the purpose of the report and what the reader should expect to find in the body of the report.   Good use of the conclusion and succeeds in summation of key concepts discussed and key conclusions or recommendations.   Very good use of in-text referencing. All in-text references match with references listed in the reference list. There are no mistakes in using the APA style.statements. Shows extensive evidence of reading beyond the key reading.   Excellent use of the introduction which secures the attention of the reader, clearly states the purpose of the report and what the reader should expect to find in the body of the report.   Excellent use of the conclusion which succeeds in confident summation of key concepts and conclusions and gives the reader a clear sense of next steps required.   Excellent and meticulous use of in-text referencing with all in-text references matching with references listed in the reference list. There are no mistakes in using the APA style.