MGMT70046
Agile Methodologies
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  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
 
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 21.0
Credit Value: 1.5
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Spring/Summer 2015
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents:
N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Business Analysis
Program Coordinator(s): Jonathan Nituch
Course Leader or Contact: Multiple Course Leaders
Version:
2.0
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This course is offered in a classroom version and an online version. In the classroom version, classes are conducted on campus, and students engage in classroom instruction. The online version is a web-based course offered entirely online. Students taking this course will need reliable access to the internet, and should have a basic level of comfort using computers as well as the self-discipline to study online.

 
 
Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students examine multiple aspects of Agile methodologies with a focus on practices that have evolved since the creation of the Agile values and principles, published in 2001 as the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. Students begin with an overview of the history of Agile methodologies in order to gain an understanding of where these practices originated and how they are being applied today. A variety of learning tools such as hands-on exercises and group collaboration as well as case studies that examine how organizations have applied Agile methodologies in different settings.

Program Context

 
Business Analysis Program Coordinator: Jonathan Nituch
This is an elective course in the Business Analysis Certificate program offered by the Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies.


Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

 
 Critical Performance
By the end of the course, students will be able to choose which Agile
practices to apply in specific situations. Students will have a basic
understanding of Agile and how to dispel typical myths people have
with respect to Agile practices.

Learning Outcomes
To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated
the ability to:

1. Explain the difference in approach between Agile and traditional 
   methods with respect to software requirements related to software
   testing or the development approach.
2. Describe the underlying values and principles of Agile.
3. Explain the difference between common Agile methods such as Scrum
   and Kanban to understand when to apply each approach.
4. Facilitate Agile retrospectives to incrementally improve practices
   used within the team.
5. Determine when to refer to Agile methodologies versus applying 
   Agile methodologies in a stealth manner when faced with resistance
   to change.
6. Evaluate a project to determine whether or not Agile approaches 
   are best.
7. Create Agile project plans using the Scrum methodology.
8. Create light-weight requirements artifacts and documents for Agile
   projects.
9. Identify tactical Agile practices for decomposing business 
   requirements at the strategic and implementation level.



Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

Quizzes [(4x5%) + (1x10%)]                     30%
Group Assignments [(1x15%) + (2x10%)]          35% 
Peer-evaluation Activity                        5%
Graded Discussion   [(1x20%) + (1x10%)]        30%
                                              100%
Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development requirements:

 

Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  Communication   Critical Thinking & Problem Solving   Interpersonal
  Numeracy   Information Management   Personal

Notes: N/A

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact: Registrar’s Office

Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous life and work experiences. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

Challenge Exam Portfolio Interview Other Not Eligible for PLAR
X        

Notes: N/A

 
 
Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Effective term: Spring/Summer 2015
Professor: Multiple Professors
Textbook(s):
Textbook(s):  References to multiple books will be used throughout
this course as supporting material.  There will be no need for
students to purchase books as the course material will not be tied
directly to a specific book.  Any readings will be provided via online
links.

Recommended Reading: Articles will be provided.

Applicable student group(s): In-Class and Online Students in Continuing and Professional Studies.
Course Details:
Module 1: Agile Fundamentals

Topics:
History of Agile (roots in Lean manufacturing, Dr. William Deming)
Agile Manifesto (Agile Values and Principles)

Learning Outcome: #2

Learning Activities:
Presto manifesto game
Pocket principles exercise

Learning Assessments:
Quiz (1 x 5%)
Online Assignment and Discussion (1 x 10%)

Module 2: Agile Methods

Topics:
Scrum overview
Kanban overview
Picking a process to match the work
Brief introduction to other methods and tools

Learning Outcomes: #3, #7

Learning Activities:
Scrum simulation
Kanban simulation

Learning Assessments: 
Quiz (2 x 5%)
Group Assignment (1 x 15%)

Module 3: The Human Side of Agile

Topics:
Kerths prime directive and Agile retrospectives
Agile myth busting (i.e., Agile means no documentation)
Understanding and nourishing cross-functional teams

Learning Outcomes: #1, #4

Learning Activities:
Hands-on retrospective facilitation
Moving motivator exercise

Learning Assessments:
Group Assignment: (1 x 10%) 
Peer Reviewed Individual Assignment (1 x 5%)

Module 4: The Agile Product Lifecycle

Topics:
How the product lifecycle fits with Scrum
Light-weight strategic planning tools
Light-weight tactical tools for decomposing requirements
User stories and acceptance criteria
Test-first requirements management 

Learning Outcomes: #5, #6, #7, #8

Learning Assignments:
Plan a fictitious product (group)
User story writing workshop (group)

Learning Assessments:
Quiz (1 x 10%)
Graded Discussion (1 x 10%)

Module 5: Bridging the Gap Between Traditional and Agile Methods

Topics:
Bridge to agility - how traditional requirements gathering changes in
an Agile world
When to use Agile vs traditional tools and why
How to use Agile tools without using the Agile word

Learning Objectives: #5, #9

Learning Assignments:
Group exercise to map traditional tools to Agile tools

Learning Assessments:
Quiz (1 x 5%)
Graded Discussion (1 x 20%)


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The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.
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