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MIS608 Agile Project Management

ASSESSMENT 2 BRIEF 

Subject Code and Title

MIS608 – Agile Project Management 

Assessment

Reflection on Agile ways of working and Agile teams 

Individual/Group

Individual 

Length

1 500 words (+/- 10%) 

Learning Outcomes

The Subject Learning Outcomes demonstrated by successful completion of the task below include: 

a)  Undertake research to demonstrate an understanding of Agile concepts, tools and techniques.

d)  Reflect on the Agile process and the influence on the individual’s professional development within the method used in this subject with particular emphasis on Agile roles within teams.

Weighting

25%

Total Marks

100 marks (100 marks unless it is a quiz assessment)

Task Summary

You are required to write and submit a 1500-word individual reflection about Agile ways of working and Agile teams in preparation for your group assignment. 

You will be expected to examine and reflect upon these concepts specifically: The Agile Mindset, a shift from ‘command and control culture’ to self-organised teams, how reflection is an important part of the Agile process and the concept of servant leadership and how your adoption of these will support your group’s success.

  • Bear in mind that you will be working in a group for Assessment 3 and there will be a requirement to use agile ways of working in your team – this is a good opportunity for you to focus on how these will prove most useful for you and your team in achieving your assessment goals.
  • The focus of this assessment is to give you an opportunity to reflect on the theoretical knowledge you have developed and how you might put it into practice for your group assessment.
  • Your report will need to be 1500 words in length, although you will have the benefit of an allowance of 150 words either more or less than 1500 words.

Please refer to the Task Instructions for details on how to complete this task. 

Context

In professional life, while some parts of a job require individual contribution but progressively more work requires collaboration and group work. 

Group learning is designed to help you to learn about the process of collaboration in preparation for your career. 

Agile teams and agile ways of working are becoming more prevalent in workplaces and it is likely that you will be a part of an agile team in your career.  However, agile is very different from the more traditional ‘command and control’ management methods to which many people are accustomed.

Reflective practice is a process of thinking about new experiences with a view of learning from them. It is a form of personal response to new experiences, situations, events, or information. University is the best place to learn, and reflection is considered a key part of the learning process for this course.

The above model from Gibb shows the different learning modes of the reflective cycle. We expect you to use this model as a framework for your “Reflection on Agile ways of working and Agile teams”. You initiate your activity in this cycle with the description step where you discuss your prior group work and your group work in this subject so far: how it has made you feel, your evaluation and analysis of the group work process, and your conclusions.

have examined important concepts of agile teams and ways of working. 

Some of the concepts will be new to you and you will need to examine your thoughts about:

  1. Describe your prior experience of group work and how it is progressing with your group to date as you work towards Assessment 3.
  2. What are your current feelings? Confident? Irritated? Confused?
  3. Evaluate and analyze your personal experience of working in a group before, using a personal example, to establish positive and negatives of the experience to make sense of it in the quiet of introspection.
  4. Draw conclusions about how - with your newfound knowledge of how Agile teams work - you could have benefitted from doing things differently.
  5. Draft a 5 Step Action Plan including the following items:
    1. What will you do to adopt an Agile Mindset?
    2. How will you encourage the team to work in a self-organized manner?
    3. How will you use Agile reflective practice to progressively improve team performance?
    4. How will you bring ‘servant leadership’ to your work in the team?
    5. How do you believe this will help the team to achieve their goals?

It is expected that 40% of your assessment will focus on retrospective analysis, and 60% will be forward planning to enable future success.

Reference

The University of Edinburgh (n.d.).  Gibb’s reflective cycle. Retrieved from https://www.ed.ac.uk/reflection/reflectors-toolkit/reflecting-on-experience/gibbs-reflectivecycle#:~:text=Gibbs'%20Reflective%20Cycle%20was%20developed,structure%20to%20learning%20f rom%20experiences.&text=Conclusion%20about%20what%20you%20learned,changes%20you%20 might%20find%20appropriate.

Task Instructions

  1. Write a 1500-word reflective report addressing the concepts of agile teams and agile ways of working with a view to selecting three practices which you plan to implement within your group in completing the group assignment.
  2. Please structure your report as follows:

Title page: include a title page with the subject code and subject name, assignment title, student’s name, student number and lecturer’s name. 

Introduction (100-150 words):

This will also serve as your statement of purpose for this 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 a. Your area of reflection

  1. Key concepts in this reflective report
  2. What the reader can expect to find in the body of the report

The body of the report (1000-1200 words):

covers the concepts of agile ways of working and team roles within agile teams.  Consider how these might be applicable in helping your group be successful in the group assignment which you need to complete. The following questions serve to guide you writing in this reflection with question 1 - 5 carrying 40% of the weight of your grade, and question 6 carrying 60% of the weight of your grade:

  1. Describe your prior experience of group work and how it is progressing with your group to date as you work towards Assessment 3.
  2. What are your current feelings? Confident? Irritated? Confused?
  3. Evaluate and analyse your personal experience for working in a group before, using a personal example, to establish positive and negatives of the experience to make sense of it in the quiet of introspection.
  4. Draw conclusions about how - with your newfound knowledge of how Agile teams work - you could have benefitted from doing things differently.
  5. Draft a 5 step Action Plan including the following items:
    1. What will you do to adopt an Agile Mindset?
    2. How will you encourage the team to work in a self-organised manner?
    3. How will you use Agile reflective practice to progressively improve team performance?
    4. How will you bring ‘servant leadership’ to your work in the team?
    5. How do you believe this will help the team to achieve their goals?

Conclusion:

summarise the three most important elements you have learned from the group assignment that you have uncovered via your self-reflection.

Format and Layout

Please 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.  

If diagrams or tables are used, 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

Assessment Rubric

Assessment Attributes

Fail 

(Yet to achieve minimum standard) 0-49%

Pass

(Functional)

50-64%

Credit

(Proficient) 65-74%

Distinction

(Advanced)

75-84%

High Distinction

(Exceptional)

85-100%

Visual appeal, writing style and presentation of content

Title page 

Font, spacing and format are in accordance with the requirements of the

assignment brief 

Appropriate use of paragraphs, sentence

construction, spelling

and grammar

Adheres to the word

count requirement

30%

 

•       No title page is included.

•       Incorrect font and size is used with poor line spacing and large gaps in pagination or tables or diagrams run over onto the next page unnecessarily.

•       No introduction attempted.

•       Conclusion not attempted.

•       Report is written as a block of text with no breaks in between ideas.  Separate ideas cannot be clearly discerned.

Title page is included but is missing most information.

Either incorrect font and size is used or poor line spacing and large gaps in pagination.

Introduction attempted but very generic does not clearly state the purpose of the 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.

Title page is included but is missing key information.

Some errors in font use and line spacing. Some pagination problems.

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.

Title page is included with most required information.

Minor errors in font, spacing and format.

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.

One idea or concept per paragraph with 3-4 well constructed

Title page is included with all required information.

Font, spacing and format are in accordance with the requirements of the assignment brief. 

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

Many errors in spelling or grammar obscure meaning of what student has written. 

Does not adhere to the word count requirement of 1500 words (greater than

+/- 20%)

Paragraphs are used but large blocks of text with long sentences make it difficult to understand the ideas being conveyed.

Spelling or grammar has errors but meaning remains clear. 

Does not adheres to the word count requirement of 1500 words (+/- 20%)

One idea or concept per paragraph. Some paragraphs could be more succinctly written.

Minor spelling or grammar errors. 

Adheres to the word count requirement of

1500 words (+/- 10%)

sentences per paragraph.

No errors in spelling or grammar. 

Adheres to the word count requirement of

1500 words (+/- 10%)

the reader a clear sense of next steps required.

Expert use of paragraphs with 3-4 well constructed sentences per paragraph which follow logically from each other.

No errors in spelling or grammar. 

Adheres to the word count requirement of 1500 words (+/- 5%)

Knowledge and

understanding

Agile teams

Agile ways of working

The Agile Mindset

40%

Lack of understanding of the required concepts and knowledge. 

Key components of the assignment are not addressed. 

Lack of application, and reflection on 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 reflection 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 insights.

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 reflect on relevant

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

information to provide

clear recommendations.

materials and extended reading. 

Recommendations are clearly justified based on application and reflection on information.

Depth of Reflection and reference to own

experiences

Demonstrates capacity for reflection and analysis of personal insights

30%

An inadequate, unclear, unfocussed or overview which does not include analysis or personalization or express meaningful

insights

Minimal evidence of any reflective and analytical skills with sparse expression of unjustified views and opinions. Descriptive without any analysis of thoughts or feelings.

Uses some examples to support claims. Examples require further development to align to the requirements of the assignment brief

Demonstrates a limited understanding of the reflective task. Mostly descriptive with little analysis of thought or feelings.

Uses relevant examples from experience to support claims. Makes applicable connections between ideas

Demonstrates a thoughtful understanding of the reflective take and subject matter.

Reflection and analysis of own experiences is consistently personalized, demonstrates independent thinking and expresses

meaningful insights

Analysis of experiences demonstrates a high level of independent thinking and expresses meaningful insights. Views and opinions are readily expressed.

Reflection and analysis of own experiences is consistently personalized, demonstrates independent thinking and expresses

meaningful insights

Excellent analysis of experiences demonstrates a high level of independent thinking and expresses meaningful insights. Views and opinions are readily expressed.

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