PRJM6025 Agile Management - Project Report

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Assessment Type Report on Agile Project Management Adoption
Assessment Mark Value 40% of the overall Unit Mark.
Assessment Due Week/Date Please refer to the PRJM6025 or PRM630 Unit Outline (Submission Schedule) on Blackboard for details relating to the week number, dates and times for all Assessment submissions. Click on the ‘Unit Information’ tab under ‘ABOUT THIS UNIT’.
Assessment Submission Assessment submission is via ‘Turnitin’ on Blackboard only.
Assessment Policy Please review the latest Assessment and Student Progression Manual, which can be found on Blackboard by clicking on the ‘Assessments’ tab under ‘ASSESSMENTS

AND FEEDBACK’.

 
Important Assessment Information
Assessment Word Count ·         Minimum of 4250 and a Maximum of 5000 (+/-15%)
Word Count Exclusions ·         Cover Page

·         Contents Page

·         Executive Summary

·         Conclusion

·         Images

·         Appendix A

o References

Word Count Inclusions ·         Response to all Tasks (1 to 4 listed in the ‘Assessment Tasks’ section below)

·         Words in Tables

Assessment Must

Have’s

·         Cover Page with the following information clearly displayed:

o   Unit Number: PRJM6025 or PRM630

o   Assessment Heading: Report on Agile Project Management Adoption

o   Student Name and Student Number; and

o   Total Word Count per question section and for the Assessment overall, excluding sections noted above

·         Table of Contents clearly indicates the following:

o   Executive Summary

o   Numbered Task Description Headings and Sub-Headings

o   Conclusion

o   Appendix A - References

o   Corresponding Page Numbers, bottom right of each page

·         Appendix A - References

o   In total, a ‘minimum of seven (7)’ required peer-reviewed journals and/or scholarly articles

o   In addition to the required peer-reviewed journals and scholarly articles noted above, you may also reference appropriate textbooks

  ·         Strict adherence to the Chicago Reference Standards:

https://libguides.library.curtin.edu.au/uniskills/referencing/chicago17

Important Assessment Information (cont.)
Assessment Must Not Have’s ·         Do not use references older than ten (10) years other than if the reference is a foundation reference, i.e., a reference from a founding authority such as the Agile Alliance or the Project Management Institute (PMI)® etc.

·         References from sources such as Wikipedia, Google, or other ‘grey’ sources.

·         Images that are of poor quality will not be marked.

Assessment Format ·         Microsoft Word 2016 and above format only (not PDF)

·         Page Size A4

·         Line Spacing 1.5

·         Font Style Calibri

·         Font Size 11

·         Margins Standard

·         English Language

·         All spelling, syntax and grammar must be checked before submission

Academic Integrity ·         All sources used must be acknowledged and must appear in the Bibliography (Reference) section of your Assessment. Strict adherence to the Chicago 17B Reference Guidelines is required.

·         Information that has been previously submitted either on this or any other unit must be declared on the cover page of the Assessment.

·         You are not permitted to use Generative Artificial Intelligence (Gen-AI) software in any assessment task unless written permission is explicitly granted by your Unit Coordinator.

·         If the use of Gen-AI software such as Chat GPT, Midjourney, GitHub Copilot, etc. has been approved by your Unit Coordinator, you must document its use, apply appropriate acknowledgement and attribution rules, and include a statement on the front cover of your Assessment as to the nature and extent of the use.

·         Unapproved, inappropriate, or undisclosed use of any Gen-AI software may be dishonest or unfair behaviour and thus considered misconduct.

·         For further information on the use of Gen-AI software see Curtin’s Academic Integrity Website.

·         Please refer to the ‘Unit Outline’ for more information on ‘Academic Integrity, including Plagiarism and Cheating’.

Assessment Extensions ·         Where permitted, the extension must be formally applied for and assessed according to Curtin’s ‘Assessment Extension Policy’. Details of which can be found in the Unit Outline under the heading ‘Assessment Extension’.
Late Assessment Submission ·         Late Assessments will be penalised as per Curtin’s ‘Late Assessment Policy’.

Details of which can be found in the ‘Unit Outline’ under ‘Late Assessment’.

Non-Compliance with Assessment Brief Instructions ·         Marks will be deducted for non-compliance with Assessment Brief instructions.
About The Assessment
Assessment Type ·         Individual (not a group) Assessment

·         Assessment 2 must be prepared and submitted as a ’Report’.

·         For guidance on preparing and submitting a Report style Assessment and following expected academic standards, please click on the ‘Student Support Centre’ tab under the ‘LEARNING SUPPORT’ menu option in Blackboard and follow the links.

·         Extra marks may be awarded for Reports that are prepared and presented professionally.

Assessment Instructions 1.       Assessment 2 requires you to conduct your own research on each of the four (4) tasks listed below.

2.       In responding to each of the four (4) tasks, you must research and review current literature (no older than 10 years).

3.       You are further required to include in total, a minimum of seven (7) references, some from scholarly journals, peer-reviewed articles, and foundation books.

4.       You must support your arguments with evidence from your research and use examples to illustrate your understanding of the issues.

5.       An Executive Summary section to help introduce the reader to your Assessment and a Conclusion to summarise your findings is required.

6.       Marks will be awarded according to the published ‘Marking Rubric’.

7.       Marks may be deducted if the instructions listed in the Assessment 2 Brief are not strictly followed.

Assessment Topic
Context You are a member of your company’s internal Project Management Office (PMO). Having worked closely with your colleagues over the past five years to assist internal project managers in adopting traditional project management methodologies, you have been actively engaged in delivering training, coaching, and mentoring in various project management practices.

Over the past eighteen months, your company’s senior leadership has begun to pivot their products and services toward meeting changing customer demands, adopting innovative technologies to advance their organisation's competitive edge and reconfiguring existing ways of work (WoW), including project management practices to remain relevant and grow value.

Having recently returned from a three-day International Project Management Conference where you attended several presentations and participated in working groups on Agile Ways of Work; including Agile Project Management frameworks, you have been asked to present a report to a recently formed ‘WoW Transformation Committee’ on your learnings from the conference. You have been requested to make recommendations on the reasons and benefits for your organisation adopting an Agile Project Management approach for delivering future projects.

Assessment Tasks
Scope Prepare a report making recommendations on the reasons and benefits for your organisation adopting Agile Ways of Work, focusing on Agile Project Management as an approach for delivering future projects.
Task Number Task Description Word Count Mark
1 1.1    Provide an introduction to Agile Ways of Work more generally and Agile Project Management more specifically. The introduction must address the following key areas:

·         The history of Agile;

·         Reasons and benefits for organisations adopting Agile Ways of Work and Agile Project Management approach;

·         Explain the importance of ‘Thinking Agile (Agile Mindset), Being Agile (Agile Behaviours) and Doing Agile (Agile Practices);

·         How Agile Project Management differs from traditional project management and why it will help your organisation achieve its transformation goals.

NB: Task 1 is not an executive summary. Task 1 must be written as a report introduction.

NB: You may use information from Assessment 1 in Task 1 of Assessment 2.

Min 800 and

Max 1000 for all of Task 1

25 for all

of Task 1

2 2.1    Provide a list and a short overview of the various Agile Project Management frameworks that you have come across in your literature review relating to Agile Project Management approaches.

2.2   From your list and the short overview provided in

2.1 above, select ‘one’ Agile Project Management framework/approach and motivate why your selected framework/approach would be beneficial for your organisation to adopt. The motivation must address the following key areas:

·         A detailed overview of the selected Agile Project Management framework/approach;

·         How the selected Agile Project Management framework/approach is different from your organisation's current traditional Project Management approach;

·         An explanation of the team structure, including key roles and responsibilities relating to the Agile Project Management framework/approach you have selected and are motivating.

Min 2000

and Max 2500 for all

of Task 2

30 for all

of Task 2

3 3.1    From the following list of Agile Project Management tools and techniques, select ‘three’ and explain why and how these tools and techniques are used in an Agile Project Management approach.

·         MoSCoW Prioritisation

·         User Stories

·         Incremental Planning

Min 800 and

Max 1000 for all of Task 3

25 for all

of Task 3

  ·         Timeboxing

·         Product Backlog

·         Estimating Poker

·         T-Shirt Sizing

·         Kanban Board

·         Burndown and Burnup Charts

·         Daily Stand-Up

·         Sprint Planning

·         Work in Process/Progress (WIP)

   
4 4.1    Describe how Agile Teams are different from traditional project teams. The following characteristics of Agile Teams must be addressed:

·         Empowered

·         Self-Directed

·         Servant Leadership

Min 400 and

Max 500 for all of Task 4

10 for all

of Task 4

Academic Writing, Referencing, Professionalism and Compliance with the requirements of the Assessment Brief ·         Academic writing, English grammar, word choice, sentence structure, paragraphing and overall readability.

·         Referencing such as in-text citations, use of quotations, paraphrasing etc. complies strictly with the Chicago 17B referencing standard.

·         Professional structure of the Report.

·         Overall adherence to the requirements of the Assessment Brief.

  10

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