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MIS608_Assessment_1_Brief_Research Report_Module 2.2 Page 1 of 5Task SummaryYou are required to write an individual research report of 1500 words to demonstrate yourunderstanding of the origins and foundations of Agile by addressing the following areas:1. The origins of Agile – why did Agile emerge, what was it in response to, and how did thislead to the values and principles as outlined in the agile manifesto?2. The origins of Lean and how it has influenced Agile practice3. The similarities and differences between Scrum and Kanban as work methods4. Why adopting Agile benefits an organisationPlease refer to the Task Instructions for details on how to complete this task.ContextOrganisations are increasingly using Agile as a project management approach to achieve their goalsand objectives efficiently. While agile is predominantly used in software development, there areelements of agile that can be applied to achieving goals and objectives in many areas of anorganisation. Understanding these concepts will be vital for you to progress in this subject. Thisknowledge will not only support your completion of the final group assignment, but also will assistyou in managing your progress in the group project by using Agile techniques to communicatecapacity and offer full transparency of work across the team.Task Instructions1. Write a 1500 words research report to demonstrate your understanding of the origins andfoundations of Agile by addressing the following areas:• The origins of Agile – why did Agile emerge, what was it in response to, and how did thislead to the values and principles as outlined in the agile manifesto?• The origins of Lean and how it has influenced Agile practice.• The similarities and differences between Scrum and Kanban as work methods. ASSESSMENT 1 BRIEFSubject Code and TitleMIS608 – Agile Project ManagementAssessmentResearch Report on AgileIndividual/GroupIndividualLength1500 words (+/- 10%)Learning OutcomesThe Subject Learning Outcomes demonstrated by successfulcompletion of the task below include:a) Undertake research to demonstrate an understanding ofAgile concepts, tools and techniques.SubmissionDue by 11:55pm AEST/AEDT Sunday end of Module 2.2Weighting25%Total Marks100 marks MIS608_Assessment_1_Brief_Research Report_Module 2.2 Page 2 of 5• Why adopting Agile benefits an organisation.2. Review your subject notes to establish the relevant area of investigation that applies to thecase. Perform additional research in the area of investigation and select FIVE (5) additionalsources which will add value to your report in the relevant area of investigation.3. Plan how you will structure your ideas for the report. Write a report plan before you startwriting. The report should be 1500 words. Therefore, it does not require an executivesummary nor an abstract.4. The report should consist of the following structure:A title page with subject code and name, assignment title, student’s name, student number,and lecturer’s name.The introduction (100 – 150 words) that will also serve as your statement of purpose for thereport—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 research and its contextb. The key concepts you will be addressingc. What the reader can expect to find in the body of the reportThe body of the report (1200-1300 words) will need to cover four specific areas:a) Why did Agile originate? When did it emerge and what was it in response to? Howdid this lead to the four values and 12 principles that are outline by the agilemanifesto?b) Where did Lean originate? Briefly define what Lean is and two Lean philosophieshave been adopted in the evolution of Agile practice?c) Scrum and Kanban have many similarities, but also key differences. Compare andcontrast Scrum and Kanban with each other, illustrating these similarities anddifferences with examples.d) Explain what value adopting Agile can offer to an organisation.The conclusion (100-150 words) will summarise any findings or recommendations that thereport puts forward regarding the concepts covered in the report.5. Format of the reportThe report should use font Arial or Calibri 11 point, be line spaced at 1.5 for ease of reading,and have page numbers on the bottom of each page. If diagrams or tables are used, dueattention should be given to pagination to avoid loss of meaning and continuity byunnecessarily splitting information over two pages. Diagrams must carry the appropriatecaptioning.6. ReferencingThere are requirements for referencing this report using APA referencing style. It is expectedthat you reference any lecture notes used and five additional sources in the relevant subjectarea based on readings and further research.It is essential that you use the appropriate APA style for citing and referencing research.Please see more information on referencing here:https://library.torrens.edu.au/academicskills/apa/toolMIS608_Assessment_1_Brief_Research Report_Module 2.2 Page 3 of 57. You are strongly advised to read the rubric, which is an evaluation guide with criteria forgrading the assignment—this will give you a clear picture of what a successful report lookslike.Submission InstructionsSubmit Assessment 1 via the Assessment link in the main navigation menu in MIS608 Agile ProjectManagement. The Learning Facilitator will provide feedback via the Grade Centre in the LMS portal.Feedback can be viewed in My Grades.Academic Integrity DeclarationI declare that except where I have referenced, the work I am submitting for this assessment task ismy own work. I have read and am aware of Torrens University Australia Academic Integrity Policyand Procedure viewable online at http://www.torrens.edu.au/policies-and-formsI am aware that I need to keep a copy of all submitted material and their drafts, and I will do soaccordingly.MIS608_Assessment_1_Brief_Research Report_Module 2.2 Page 4 of 5Assessment Rubric AssessmentAttributesFail(Yet to achieveminimum standard)0–49%Pass(Functional)50–64%Credit(Proficient)65–74%Distinction(Advanced)75–84%High Distinction(Exceptional)85–100%Visual appeal andpresentation of contentTitle page included.Adheres to the font,spacing, format, andword countrequirement.Appropriate use ofparagraphs, sentenceconstruction, spelling,and grammar.20%No title page. Incorrectfont and size with poorline spacing and largegaps in pagination, tables,or diagrams. Report iswritten as a block of textwith no breaks in betweenideas. Separate ideascannot be clearlydiscerned. Many errors inspelling or grammar. Doesnot adhere to the wordcount requirement.Title page is included. Missingmost information. Incorrectfont and size is used or poorline spacing and large gaps inpagination. Paragraphs areused but large blocks of textwith long sentences make itdifficult to understand theideas being conveyed.Spelling or grammar haserrors but meaning remainsclear. Does not adhere to theword count requirement.Title page is included but ismissing key information.Some errors in font use andline spacing. Somepagination problems. Oneidea or concept perparagraph. Someparagraphs could be moresuccinctly written. Minorspelling or grammar errors.Adheres to the word countrequirement.Title page is included withmost required information.Minor errors in font,spacing and format. Oneidea or concept perparagraph with 3–4 wellconstructed sentences perparagraph. No errors inspelling or grammar.Adheres to the word countrequirement.Title page is included withall required information.Font, spacing, and formatare in accordance with therequirements of theassignment brief. Expertuse of paragraphs with 3–4well-constructed sentencesper paragraph that followlogically from each other.No errors in spelling orgrammar. Adheres to theword count requirementKnowledge andunderstandingUnderstanding of theorigins of agile, and itsprinciples and values.The case for anorganisation inadopting agile.Differences andsimilarities betweenLack of understanding ofthe required concepts andknowledge. Keycomponents of theassignment are notaddressed. Lack ofapplication and analysis ofinformation to provideclear recommendations.Limited understanding ofrequired concepts andknowledge. Some of the keycomponents of theassignment are notaddressed. Limitedapplication and analysis toprovide clearrecommendations.Adequate knowledge orunderstanding of therequired concepts. Areasonable capacity toexplain and apply relevantkey concepts. Supportsopinion and informationsubstantiated by evidencefrom research to providerecommendations.Thorough understanding ofthe key concepts.Discriminates betweenassertion of opinion andinformation substantiatedby robust evidence fromthe research/coursematerials and extendedreading. Welldemonstrated capacity toapply and analyse relevantinformation to provide clearrecommendations.Highly developedunderstanding of the fieldor discipline/s.Systematically and criticallydiscriminates betweenassertion of opinion andinformation substantiatedby robust evidence fromthe research/coursematerials and extendedreading. Recommendationsare clearly justified based MIS608_Assessment_1_Brief_Research Report_Module 2.2 Page 5 of 5 Scrum and Kanban aswork methods50%on the application andanalysis of information.Use of academic anddiscipline conventionsFormal tone. No use offirst-party perspective.Meets the assignmentbrief regardingintroduction, body, andconclusion.Appropriate use ofcredible resources.Correct citation of keyresources using APAstyle of referencing.30%Poorly written withinformal tone using firstperson pronouns (I, my,we, me, us). Nointroduction andconclusion attempted.Demonstratesinconsistent andinadequate use of goodquality, credible, andrelevant resources tosupport and developideas. No use of in-textreferences, or noreference list at the closeof the report. There aremany mistakes in usingthe APA style.Minor errors in the use offirst-person pronouns (I, my,we, me, us). Introductionattempted but very generic,and does not clearly state thepurpose of the report andwhat the reader shouldexpect to find in the body ofthe report. Conclusionattempted but does notinclude summation of keyconcepts discussed in thereport and/or key conclusionsor recommendations.Demonstrates consistent useof credible and relevantresearch sources to supportand develop ideas, but theseare not always explicit orwell-developed. Little use ofin-text referencing, orinadequate referencesconsulted and added toreferences at the close of thereport. There are somemistakes in using APA style.Written according toacademic genre. Sound useof the introduction butdoes not clearly state eitherthe purpose of the reportor what the reader shouldexpect to find in the bodyof the report. Sound use ofthe conclusion andsucceeds in either thesummation of key conceptsdiscussed, or keyconclusions orrecommendations, but notboth.Demonstrates consistentuse of credible and relevantresearch sources to supportand develop ideas. Gooduse of in-text referencingand appropriate number ofreferences. There are onlyminor errors in using theAPA style.Well-written and adheres tothe academic genre. Gooduse of the introduction,which clearly states thepurpose of the report andwhat the reader shouldexpect to find in the bodyof the report. Good use ofthe conclusion andsucceeds in summation ofkey concepts discussed andkey conclusions orrecommendations.Consistently demonstratesexpert use of good quality,credible, and relevantresearch sources to supportand develop appropriatearguments and statements.Shows evidence of readingbeyond the key reading.Very good use of in-textreferencing. There are nomistakes in using the APAstyle.Expertly written. Excellentuse of introduction, whichsecures the attention of thereader, clearly states thepurpose of the report andwhat the reader shouldexpect to find in the bodyof the report.Excellent use of theconclusion, which succeedsin confident summation ofkey concepts andconclusions and gives thereader a clear sense of nextsteps required. Expert useof high-quality credibleresearch sources to supportand develop arguments andposition statements. Showsextensive evidence ofreading beyond the keyreading. Excellent andmeticulous use of in-textreferencing. There are nomistakes in using the APAstyle.


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