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MIS608_Assessment_2_Brief_Reflecton_Module Due 4.1 Page 1 of 7Task SummaryYou are required to write and submit a 1500-word individual reflection about Agile ways of workingand Agile teams in preparation for your group assignment.You will be expected to examine and reflect upon these concepts specifically: The Agile Mindset, ashift from ‘command and control culture’ to self-organised teams, how reflection is an importantpart of the Agile process and the concept of servant leadership and how your adoption of these willsupport your group’s success.– Bear in mind that you will be working in a group for Assessment 3 and there will be arequirement to use agile ways of working in your team – this is a good opportunity foryou to focus on how these will prove most useful for you and your team in achievingyour assessment goals.– The focus of this assessment is to give you an opportunity to reflect on the theoreticalknowledge you have developed and how you might put it into practice for your groupassessment. ASSESSMENT 2 BRIEFSubject Code and TitleMIS608 – Agile Project ManagementAssessmentReflection on Agile ways of working and Agile teamsIndividual/GroupIndividualLength1 500 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.d) Reflect on the Agile process and the influence on theindividual’s professional development within the method usedin this subject with particular emphasis on Agile roles withinteams.SubmissionDue by 11:55pm AEST/AEDT Sunday end of Module 4.1. (Week 7)Weighting25%Total Marks100 marks (100 marks unless it is a quiz assessment) MIS608_Assessment_2_Brief_Reflecton_Module Due 4.1 Page 2 of 7– Your report will need to be 1500 words in length, although you will have the benefit ofan 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.ContextIn professional life while some parts of a job require individual contribution but progressively morework requires collaboration and group work.Group learning is designed to help you to learn about the process of collaboration in preparation foryour career.Agile teams and agile ways of working are becoming more prevalent in workplaces and it is likelythat you will be a part of an agile team in your career. However, agile is very different from themore traditional ‘command and control’ management methods to which many people areaccustomed.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 isthe best place to learn, and reflection is considered a key part of the learning process for this course.Gibb’s Reflective Cycle (n.d.)The above model from Gibb shows the different learning modes of the reflective cycle. We expectyou to use this model as a framework for your “Reflection on Agile ways of working and Agileteams”. You initiate your activity in this cycle with the description step where you discuss your priorgroup work and your group work in this subject so far: how it has made you feel, your evaluationand analysis of the group work process and your conclusions.1Description2Feeling3Evaluation4Analysis5Conclusion6Action PlanMIS608_Assessment_2_Brief_Reflecton_Module Due 4.1 Page 3 of 7have 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 todate 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 apersonal example, to establish positive and negatives of the experience to make sense of itin 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:a. What will you do to adopt an Agile Mindset?b. How will you encourage the team to work in a self-organised manner?c. How will you use Agile reflective practice to progressively improve teamperformance?d. How will you bring ‘servant leadership’ to your work in the team?e. 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.ReferenceThe University of Edinburgh (n.d.). Gibb’s reflective cycle. Retrieved fromhttps://www.ed.ac.uk/reflection/reflectors-toolkit/reflecting-on-experience/gibbs-reflectivecycle#:~:text=Gibbs’%20Reflective%20Cycle%20was%20developed,structure%20to%20learning%20from%20experiences.&text=Conclusion%20about%20what%20you%20learned,changes%20you%20might%20find%20appropriate.Task Instructions1. Write a 1500-word reflective report addressing the concepts of agile teams and agile ways ofworking with a view to selecting three practices which you plan to implement within your groupin 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): which 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 willneed to inform the reader of:a. Your area of reflectionb. Key concepts in this reflective reportc. What the reader can expect to find in the body of the reportThe body of the report (1000-1200 words): cover the concepts of agile ways of working andteam roles within agile teams. Consider how these might be applicable in helping your group beMIS608_Assessment_2_Brief_Reflecton_Module Due 4.1 Page 4 of 7successful in the group assignment which you need to complete. The following questions serveto guide you writing in this reflection with question 1 – 5 carrying 40% of the weight of yourgrade, 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 todate 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 apersonal example, to establish positive and negatives of the experience to make sense of itin 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:a. What will you do to adopt an Agile Mindset?b. How will you encourage the team to work in a self-organised manner?c. How will you use Agile reflective practice to progressively improve teamperformance?d. How will you bring ‘servant leadership’ to your work in the team?e. How do you believe this will help the team to achieve their goals?Conclusion: summarise the three most important elements you have learned from thegroup assignment that you have uncovered via your self-reflection.2. Format and LayoutPlease use font Arial or Calibri 11 point, should be line spaced at 1.5 for ease of reading and pagenumbers on the bottom of each page.If diagrams or tables are used, due attention should be given to pagination to avoid loss of meaningand continuity by unnecessarily splitting information over two pages. Diagrams must carry theappropriate captioning.ReferencingIt is essential that you use appropriate APA style for citing and referencing research. Please see moreinformation on referencing here http://library.laureate.net.au/research_skills/referencingSubmission InstructionsSubmit Assessment 2 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_2_Brief_Reflective Report_Module Due4.1 Page 5 of 7Assessment 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, writingstyle and presentationof contentTitle pageFont, spacing andformat are inaccordance with therequirements of theassignment briefAppropriate use ofparagraphs, sentenceconstruction, spellingand grammarAdheres to the wordcount requirement30%• No title page isincluded.• Incorrect font andsize is used with poorline spacing and largegaps in pagination ortables or diagramsrun over onto thenext pageunnecessarily.• No introductionattempted.• Conclusion notattempted.• Report is written as ablock of text with nobreaks in betweenideas. Separate ideascannot be clearlydiscerned.• Title page is included butis missing mostinformation.• Either incorrect font andsize is used or poor linespacing and large gaps inpagination.• Introduction attemptedbut very generic does notclearly state the purposeof the report and whatthe reader should expectto find in the body of thereport.• Conclusion attemptedbut does not includesummation of keyconcepts discussed in thereport and/or keyconclusions orrecommendations.• Title page is includedbut is missing keyinformation.• Some errors in font useand line spacing. Somepagination problems.• Sound use of theintroduction but doesnot clearly state eitherthe purpose of thereport or what thereader should expectto find in the body ofthe report.• Sound use of theconclusion andsucceeds in either thesummation of keyconcepts discussed, orkey conclusions orrecommendations, butnot both.• Title page is includedwith most requiredinformation.• Minor errors in font,spacing and format.• Good use of theintroduction whichclearly states thepurpose of the reportand what the readershould expect to find inthe body of the report.• Good use of theconclusion andsucceeds in summationof key conceptsdiscussed and keyconclusions orrecommendations.• One idea or conceptper paragraph with 3-4well constructed• Title page is includedwith all requiredinformation.• Font, spacing andformat are inaccordance with therequirements of theassignment brief.• Excellent use of theintroduction whichsecures the attentionof the reader, clearlystates the purpose ofthe report and whatthe reader shouldexpect to find in thebody of the report.• Excellent use of theconclusion whichsucceeds in confidentsummation of keyconcepts andconclusions and gives MIS608_Assessment_2_Brief_Reflective Report_Module Due4.1 Page 6 of 7 • Many errors inspelling or grammarobscure meaning ofwhat student haswritten.• Does not adhere tothe word countrequirement of 1500words (greater than+/- 20%)• Paragraphs are used butlarge blocks of text withlong sentences make itdifficult to understandthe ideas beingconveyed.• Spelling or grammar haserrors but meaningremains clear.• Does not adheres to theword count requirementof 1500 words (+/- 20%)• One idea or conceptper paragraph. Someparagraphs could bemore succinctlywritten.• Minor spelling orgrammar errors.• Adheres to the wordcount requirement of1500 words (+/- 10%)sentences perparagraph.• No errors in spelling orgrammar.• Adheres to the wordcount requirement of1500 words (+/- 10%)the reader a clearsense of next stepsrequired.• Expert use ofparagraphs with 3-4well constructedsentences perparagraph whichfollow logically fromeach other.• No errors in spelling orgrammar.• Adheres to the wordcount requirement of1500 words (+/- 5%)Knowledge andunderstandingAgile teamsAgile ways of workingThe Agile Mindset40%• Lack of understandingof the requiredconcepts andknowledge.• Key components ofthe assignment arenot addressed.• Lack of application,and reflection oninformation toprovide clearrecommendations.• Limited understanding ofrequired concepts andknowledge.• Some of the keycomponents of theassignment are notaddressed.• Limited application andreflection to provideclear recommendations.• Adequate knowledgeor understanding of therequired concepts.• A reasonable capacityto explain and applyrelevant key concepts.• Supports opinion andinformationsubstantiated byevidence from researchto provide insights.• Thoroughunderstanding of thekey concepts.• Discriminates betweenassertion of opinionand informationsubstantiated by robustevidence from theresearch/coursematerials and extendedreading.• Well demonstratedcapacity to apply andreflect on relevant• Highly developedunderstanding of thefield or discipline/s.• Systematically andcritically discriminatesbetween assertion ofopinion andinformationsubstantiated byrobust evidence fromthe research/course MIS608_Assessment_2_Brief_Reflective Report_Module Due4.1 Page 7 of 7 information to provideclearrecommendations.materials andextended reading.• Recommendations areclearly justified basedon application andreflection oninformation.Depth of Reflection andreference to ownexperiencesDemonstrates capacityfor reflection andanalysis of personalinsights30%• An inadequate,unclear, unfocussedor overview whichdoes not includeanalysis orpersonalization orexpress meaningfulinsights• Minimal evidence ofany reflective andanalytical skills withsparse expression ofunjustified views andopinions. Descriptivewithout any analysisof thoughts orfeelings.• Uses some examples tosupport claims. Examplesrequire furtherdevelopment to align tothe requirements of theassignment brief• Demonstrates a limitedunderstanding of thereflective task. Mostlydescriptive with littleanalysis of thought orfeelings.• Uses relevant examplesfrom experience tosupport claims. Makesapplicable connectionsbetween ideas• Demonstrates athoughtfulunderstanding of thereflective take andsubject matter.• Reflection and analysisof own experiences isconsistentlypersonalized,demonstratesindependent thinkingand expressesmeaningful insights• Analysis of experiencesdemonstrates a highlevel of independentthinking and expressesmeaningful insights.Views and opinions arereadily expressed.• Reflection and analysisof own experiences isconsistentlypersonalized,demonstratesindependent thinkingand expressesmeaningful insights• Excellent analysis ofexperiencesdemonstrates a highlevel of independentthinking and expressesmeaningful insights.Views and opinions arereadily expressed.

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