Compare and contrast Agile methods with traditional project management techniques.

This assignment consists of two (2) sections: a written project plan,  and a project plan that is created through the use of MS Project. You  must submit the two (2) sections as separate files for the completion of  this assignment. Label each file name according to the section of the  assignment it is written for. Additionally, you may create and / or  assume all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of this  assignment.
Imagine you are the project manager for a  critical project for an organization. The organization wants to  implement a state of the art real-time marketing campaign system. This  system has many components.

  • First, it has to get data from its front-end systems via the middle-ware component.
  • Second,  it has its own database system that stores the shopping history, credit  information, billing address and shipping address, and so on.
  • Third, it has a marketing rules engine that needs to be customized for various campaigns.
  • Finally,  it has an analytical platform that leverages data warehouse and  analytics tools, such as SAS to test marketing strategies and assess  campaign effectiveness.

In addition, your company already  has some stand-alone applications supporting marketing campaigns and  analytics. Due to this project, your executives want IT to retire the  legacy applications as part of the project. Although your executives  plan to have this new system in production in twelve (12) to fourteen  (14) months, they want to see the results as soon as possible, so they  can enable more business capabilities, such as real-time decisions for  up-selling and cross-selling. The executives also want to save costs by  using offshore resources even though your organization does not  currently have experience with this. Other troubles with the  organization include problems controlling the scope of projects and  inexperience to initiatives of this size. To further complicate the  situation, you are aware that some of the business executives have had  bad experiences with IT delivery in the past and you heard numerous  complains about IT projects being late without meeting project  expectations.
Section 1: Written Project Plan

1.  Write a ten to fifteen (10-15) page paper in which you: a.  Suggest an Agile project management framework to the sponsors and  justify why the framework you suggested is best suited for this  project.
b.  Develop a release plan through the use of graphical tools in Microsoft  Word or Visio, or an open source alternative such as Dia. Note: The  graphically depicted solution is not included in the required page  length.
c. Explain how to use Agile methods to scale the release plan you developed for retiring the legacy applications.
d.  Explain how to use Agile methods to establish the scope for the project  and determine the methods to control the scope to ensure the business  values will be delivered.
e.  Choose at least two (2) Agile techniques to monitor this project and  explain the reasons why you chose those two (2) techniques.
f. Suggest Agile strategies to develop product vision and product architecture.
g.  Create a diagram to show the overall systems architecture through the  use of graphical tools in Microsoft Word or Visio, or an open source  alternative such as Dia. Note: The graphically depicted solution is not  included in the required page length.
h.  Determine the roles of the Agile project team in this project and  determine the coaching methods to build a high-performance team.
i.  Determine the Agile techniques to manage conflicts and facilitate  collaboration throughout the project. Provide examples to support your  response.
j. Explain how to set the right expectation with the business.
k. Take a position on whether or not offshore resources should be used in this project and explain why or why not.
l. Speculate on the ethical challenges in this project and explain how to resolve them.
m.  Identify the key differences and speculate on the consequences if  managing / governing the same project with a traditional waterfall  project management approach instead of using Agile strategies.
n. Suggest the Agile methods to control the quality of work among the project team.
o. Explain how to encourage more innovative ways to accomplish this project.
p.  Explain how to use Agile methods to handle the documentation in this  project that would satisfy both short-term project needs and long-term  maintenance needs.
q.  Use at least five (5) quality resources in this assignment. Note:  Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.

Section 1 of your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be  typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with  one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA  or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional  instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the  assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title,  and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in  the required assignment page length.
  • Include charts or  diagrams created in Visio or Dia. The completed diagrams / charts must  be imported into the Word document before the paper is submitted.

Section 2: Project Plan Use Microsoft project to:

2.  Develop the project plan. The project plan should: a. Record all tasks, subtasks, resources, and time related to the project.
b. Outline the planning, analysis, design, and implementation phases.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Describe Agile project management methods and phases.
  • Describe Agile governance methods for organizational use.
  • Explain the leadership values in Agile environments.
  • Compare and contrast Agile methods with traditional project management techniques.
  • Summarize the iterative qualities for Agile project success.
  • Explain the challenges and opportunities of an Agile project leader.
  • Explain the role of teams in Agile settings.
  • Analyze the phases of the Agile Delivery Framework.
  • Discuss release planning attributes in Agile environments.
  • Discuss methods of measuring the performance and quality of Agile projects.
  • Develop an Agile deployment plan that addresses and solves a proposed business problem.
  • Evaluate the ethical concerns inherent in Agile project management techniques.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in Agile project management.
  • Write  clearly and concisely about Agile project management topics using  proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.



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