Term Paper: Using Agile Project Management on Mobile Application Development

Term Paper: Using Agile Project Management on Mobile Application Development

Due Week 10 and worth 200 points

Imagine that you are the project manager of a critical project for an organization. The organization wants to implement an application on an iPad and Android Tablet that provides near real-time updates for the marketing executives and managers on the effectiveness and success of their marketing campaigns. Since this project is so critical to the overall financial health of the company, you were asked to complete this project in three (3) months. Your business sponsors are very interested in your approach to manage this project and they are also demanding to see what the project team can deliver on a weekly basis.

Due to the tight deadline, the project team was assembled quickly with ten (10) team members of various backgrounds. There are three (3) offshore developers in India and two (2) QA testers in San Francisco, CA. The rest of the project team and the product owner are in Herndon, VA. The team members were unfamiliar with each other. Additionally, there are ethical issues. For example, a developer has been consistently blaming an analyst for his accent that has little to do with project development. Another QA tester rarely spoke out in the meeting, but consistently went to her management to complain about a couple of project team members’ lack of documentation which delayed her QA plan and test cases. When you started to run the project, you were told that the project deadline was moved up two (2) weeks from the original deadline. With such a pressure on time, conflicts broke out and team morale is down. You have to help bring the project back on track by solving various conflicts and improve the collaborative work effort.

Note: You may create and / or make all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of this assignment.

Write a ten to fifteen (10-15) page paper in which you:

  1. Suggest the agile project management framework that is best suited for this project. Provide a rationale for your response.
  2. Create a project plan for this project based on your proposed framework through the use of MS Project or Excel. Note: List all major milestones, resources, tasks and dependencies. Include tools such as risk log to enhance your project plan.
  3. Propose at least five (5) agile techniques and tools that you will use to manage this project. Justify your response.
  4. Propose the fundamental strategies you will use to conduct requirements sessions and manage the multiple tracks of work on a daily basis.
  5. Determine the vital techniques you will use to manage conflicts and facilitate collaboration throughout the project. Provide at least two (2) examples of these techniques to support your response.
  6. Determine the key techniques and tools you will use to monitor and control the progress of the project. Provide a rationale for your response.
  7. Speculate on the key differences and consequences if you were to manage the same project with a traditional project management approach instead of using agile strategies. Justify your response.
  8. Suggest at least two (2) methods you will use to control the quality of work. Provide a rationale for your response.
  9. Determine the prominent method(s) you would use to close the project. Provide a rationale for your response.
  10. Use at least five (5) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.

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.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Compare and contrast agile project management methods with traditional project management.
  • Describe agile values, principles, and practice.
  • Compare and contrast agile development approaches.
  • Analyze and differentiate among the different agile project delivery frameworks.
  • Describe the role of agile coaches and required leadership attributes.
  • Describe effective communication strategies among agile coaches.
  • Explain how agile teams and coaches master agile project management.
  • Analyze the coaching methods and best practices of agile coaches.
  • Compare and contrast facilitation techniques among agile coaches.
  • Explain the role of an agile coach in addressing ethical issues and conflict among team members.
  • Compare and contrast best practices with collaboration and cooperation in agile teams.
  • Develop agile project management solutions to solve a business problem.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in advanced agile project management topics.Write clearly and concisely about advanced agile project management topics using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.
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Module 3 – Case Building an Ethics-Based Workplace Culture

 

Assignment Overview

Ethics Program Implementation

As you can see by your reading, a lot of energy goes into the implementation of an

organizational ethics program. And Lockheed Martin has clearly allotted considerable resources

to assuring their program is successful. In this assignment we’ll be focusing on what the

company did to ensure the implementation of a successful program that was flexible enough to

accommodate the changing needs of the organization.

Case Assignment

Please address the following questions:

1. On p. 83 Terris discusses the company’s ethics code. Why is the code considered important to the company’s ethics program?

2. Discuss the importance of ethics training and employee involvement. What are some of the things Lockheed does to make the training process interesting and worthwhile?

3. How does Lockheed measure success with respect to ethics in the workplace? 4. What are some of the things Lockheed does at the operational level to make their ethics

program work?

Assignment Expectations

Write a 4- to 5-page paper, not including title page or references page addressing the issue and

upload it by the end of this module.

Your paper should be double-spaced and in 12-point type size.

Your paper should have a separate cover page and a separate reference page. Make sure you cite

your sources.

Use APA style, and proofread your paper.

Upload your paper by the end of the module.

Assignment 4: Global Education Workshop

, Part 2Due Week 8 and worth 200 points
In Part 2 of the Global Education Workshop, you will finalize the components of the workshop so that you are able to create a workshop design document/research paper that structures the sequence of activities and content of your module. Select any lesson planning tool that works for you or create a special format for this project. Keep in mind your audience and the policy issues that may be important in the community. Be sure to include an evaluation strategy and resources for your participants to explore.
Write an 8-10 page paper in which you:

  1. Finalize all the requirements from Part 1 of the Workshop Project
  2. Create a logical and comprehensive design document that governs the conduct of the workshop.
  3. Establish a list of resources for the workshop participants.
  4. Determine the effectiveness of the workshop via an evaluation method.
  5. Integrate current and relevant policy issues into the workshop.
  6. Include 5 peer-reviewed references from the previous five years.

Your assignment must:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; 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 page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Formulate conceptual frameworks about global education policy and practice.
  • Illustrate how teachers engaged in global education assist one another to become more effective instructors.
  • Build a meaningful, professional-quality, course project that demonstrates an understanding of how policy issues impact higher education.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in leadership in global education.
  • Write clearly and concisely about leadership in global education using proper writing mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.
Click here to view the grading rubric for this assignment.

Creative Teaching: Designing Creative and Culturally Relevant Instruction

For this final project, you will be a classroom teacher developing a creative and culturally relevant idea, concept, or movement for your school. Think about everything you have seen, heard, discussed, shared, and viewed over the past five weeks. What information stuck out as something you would want to implement in your school or classroom? Was there an idea that you wished you could share with your colleagues? What ideas did you discover that will help your students with being creative while also being culturally relevant? You are going to create a proposal for an idea that you would like to implement in your school. Think about to whom you would need to propose this idea? Your administrator? Colleague? PLC team? For a few more ideas to brainstorm, view this Association of School and Curriculum DevelopmentLinks to an external site. (ASCD) video.

Your presentation can be formatted in a way that is appropriate to your style of presentation. You can write an essay, create a PPT with a voiceover, record a presentation with an accompanying outline (with citations and resources), or use one of the other ideas presented during this course. Included in your presentation/proposal should be the following:

Content Expectations

Part I: Audience and Rationale (2 points): Write an overview of the class/school/target population, including age ranges, grade(s), subject area(s), and relevant micro and macro cultural components. If you are not currently teaching, you may use a prior class, a colleague’s class, or invent demographic information.

Rubric: Distinguished – Creates an effective and comprehensive overview of the class and target population, including the age range, grade and/or subject area, and other relevant micro- and macro-culture attributes in which school is situated.

Part II: Outcomes (3 points): List the objectives of the instructional experience/idea/concept being proposed.

Rubric: Distinguished – Develops and lists comprehensive instructional outcomes (i.e., learning objectives/standards) of the instructional experience, including the three areas from the assignment instructions.

  • Content or Classroom Objectives
  • 21st Century skills (emphasis on creativity)
  • Cultural competencies to be explicitly addressed with the experience/idea/concept

Part III: Context/Instructional Description (3 points): Describe more specifically how the instructional experience/idea/or concept will be used in order to meet the Outcomes (listed above). Will it include:

Rubric: Distinguished – Comprehensively proposes the nature of the overall instructional context by addressing creativity, problem-solving, and a real/simulated experience.

Creativity – How will creativity be encouraged?

  • Problem solving – Will the activity focus on solving a problem?
  • AND/OR
  • Simulation – Will the students be involved with performing tasks that related to a real-world experience or activity?

Part IV: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (8 points). Describe how and which four (at least) of these will be included in the experience/idea/concept?

Rubric: Distinguished – Comprehensively describes the planned learning experiences, including at least four of the nine strategy options presented in the assignment instructions.

  • Maximizing academic success through relevant instructional experiences
  • Addressing cultural competence through reinforcing students’ cultural integrity
  • Involving students in the construction of knowledge
  • Building on students’ interests and linguistic resources
  • Tapping home and community resources
  • Understanding students’ cultural knowledge
  • Using interactive and constructivist teaching strategies
  • Examining the experience/idea/concept from multiple perspectives
  • Promoting critical consciousness through opportunities to challenge predominant elements of students’ social norms

Part V: Creativity/Innovation Strategies (8 points). Describe how and which four (at least) of these will be included in the experience/idea/concept?

Rubric: Distinguished – Comprehensively explains four or more of the ten strategies presented with the assignment instructions for facilitating creativity and innovative thinking in relation to the planned instructional experience.

  • Encouraging students to believe in their culture-influenced creative potential
  • Nurturing the confidence to try
  • Helping learners find their creative strengths
  • Promoting experiment and inquiry and a willingness to make mistakes
  • Encouraging generative thought, free from immediate criticism
  • Encouraging the      expression of personal ideas and feelings
  • Conveying an understanding of phases in creative work and the need for time
  • Developing an awareness of the roles of intuition and aesthetic processes
  • Encouraging students to play with ideas and conjecture about possibilities
  • Facilitating critical      evaluation of ideas

Written Communication Expectations 

  • Page Requirement (.25 points): The length of the final project will depend on the medium you choose;      however, some general guidelines would be 8-10 pages (for a paper) or 8-10 slides (for a presentation), not including the title and reference pages.
  • APA Formatting (.25 points): Format your paper according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Syntax and Mechanics (.25 points): Display  meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as      spelling and grammar.
  • Resource Requirement  (.25 points): Reference  three scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks, providing      compelling evidence to support ideas. All sources on the references page      need to be used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.

Next Steps: Review and Submit the Final Project

Review your assignment with the Grading Rubric to be sure you have achieved the distinguished levels of performance for each criterion. Next, submit the assignment for evaluation no later than Day 7.

Instructor Guidance

Week 6

Week Overview

Beatrice Coron is a woman who traveled the path of trying to find her way in art through many professions.
Colon’s message supports earlier ideas communicated in the work of Ken Robinson, Blue Man Group and Elad Segev (through his When There is a Correct Answer research). We all have creative potential. We all possess attributes and skills that can be used in the process of “…having original ideas that have value” (Robinson, 2011, p. 151). Before you dive headfirst into the Final Project, you are asked to share one final reflection about something creative about yourself. A simple deconstruction of the experiences that contributed to your creative “expertise” will likely reinforce and affirm all the skills and strategies presented within this course.

 

Intellectual Elaboration

This week, you are asked to reflect on the learning of skills that contribute to your ability to be creative in a specific way.  Keep in mind that creativity can be expressed in many different ways.  One handy way to consider the myriad of creativity possibilities is to use Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences theoretical framework (Gardner, 1999).  This theory describes a number of different types of “intelligences,” people might possess.  The general categories of intelligences can be readily applied to creativity, describing a simple “Multiple Creativities” framework:
Musical–rhythmic and harmonic

This category of creativity might include such forms of expression as singing, playing instruments, and writing music

Visual–spatial

This category of creativity might include such forms of expression as drawing, planning, painting, and designing spaces and structures.

Verbal–linguistic

This category of creativity might include such forms of expression as writing, storytelling or delivering lines as an actor.

Logical–mathematical

This category of creativity might include such forms of expression as problem-solving or manipulating numbers and amounts of things.

Bodily–kinesthetic

This category of creativity might include such forms of expression as sports, dance, yoga, spiritual movement, physical acting, and even knitting.

Interpersonal

This category of creativity might include such forms of expression as talking with strangers, making people laugh, making people feel comfortable or calm, and cooperating constructively with many different types of people.

Naturalistic

This category of creativity might include such forms of expression as nurturing other people or animals, gardening, even camping.

Hopefully there is something within this listing that will help you identify an area of creativity on which you can reflect.  The reflections facilitated in this final discussion can be useful in helping you take the first steps in considering types of experiences you might want to design in the final project.
Following this reflection, you are asked to apply nearly all the skills acquired in this course to the creation of the proposal of  a new program, idea, or concept to either an administrative team or a team of colleagues in order to implement an innovative idea that will highlight culturally and creatively relevant instructional experiences.  In this proposal, you will detail plans to develop learning experiences that promote 21st century skills (creativity and innovation skills in particular) within a culturally relevant framework. The experiences you design will incorporate the strategies for promoting creativity within technology-supported project-based or problem-based scenarios.

Discussion Response Expectations

The final discussion post this week is a personal reflection over factors that influenced and affected your ability to learn the skills needed for you to be able to express your creativity.  In this reflection, you are asked to describe a set of skills you acquired over the years that allows you to be creative in some way.  This might be musical skills, cooking, knitting, writing, model-building, gardening….anything you consider yourself “good at” that encourages you to experience “…the process of having original ideas that have value” (Robinson, 2011, p. 151).  By analyzing these skills in light of the culturally relevant context in which they were learned, you may realize an even deeper understanding of the skills facilitated within this course.

Assignment Expectations

For the final project, you will assume the role of a classroom teacher proposing a new program, idea, or concept to either an administrative team or a team of colleagues in order to implement an innovative idea that will highlight culturally and creatively relevant instructional experiences.
We have reviewed a plethora of innovative programs and projects throughout this course. Perhaps you want to add a Maker-SpaceLinks to an external site. to your classroom or library? Maybe you want to begin a Skills USA Links to an external site.group? Or, maybe you want to add an in-residence artist at your school? Whatever the innovative idea is for your district/school/classroom, think about how you will meet the cultural, creative, and innovative needs of your students.
If you are enrolled in the MAED Program, it is imperative that you keep copies of all assignments completed in this course. You will return to them for the portfolio that you will create in your final MAED course. This portfolio is a culminating project that will demonstrate that you have met program outcomes.

 

References

Gardner, H. (1999). Intelligence reframed: Multiple intelligences for the 21st century. New York: Basic Books.
Robinson, K. (2011). Out of our minds: Learning to be creative. Oxford: Capstone.
TEDx Talks. (2013, September 9). Everyone is an ArtistLinks to an external site. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIXFOixZF8s

Required Resources

Multimedia

Coron, B. (2011, March 11). Beatrice Coron: Stories cut from paperLinks to an external site. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/beatrice_coron_stories_cut_from_paper

  • This video      provides information about Beatrice Coron and her art and will assist you      in the Discussions and Assignment this week.

Recommended Resources

Text

Robinson, K. (2011). Out of our minds: Learning to be creative. United Kingdom: Capstone Publishing Ltd.

  • This book provides information about how to promote creativity in the 21st century and could assist you in your Final Assignment this week.

Distinguished – Creates an effective and comprehensive overview of the class and target population, including the age range, grade and/or subject area, and other relevant micro- and macro-culture attributes in which school is situated.

Learning Theories Assignment

With this assignment it is really important to think about how to make these theories relevant to you and your approach with children. How can you use this information to better your teaching approach.

For this assignment you will research the people below and what their theories were. Please write one short paragraph on each theory and what it was (4-6 sentences) You will then choose one that you connect the most and write about why you choose this particular theory, how is it relevant today and how you can use this theory in your work with children. When writing about how you can use the theory be specific with examples. You will also include information on how the theory can be used to support a culturally responsive approach in the classroom.

1) Erik Erikson

2) Abraham Maslow

3) Jean Piaget

4) Howard Gardner

Grading:

Research the 4 theories and write one paragraph (4-6 sentences) about what the theory was and focused on.

3 Points

Choose one of the theories that you connect with the most and write about: 1) why you choose this particular theory (1-2 paragraphs), 2) how is it relevant today (1-2 paragraphs), 3) how can you use this theory in your work with children (1-2 paragraphs), 4) how can this theory be used to support a culturally responsive classroom (1-2 paragraphs)

10 Points

Have a conversation with a co-teacher, friend or family member around this assignment and what you got out of doing this. Write one paragraph on how that conversation went.

2 Points

Topic: A Christian Perspective Of Behaviorism

The Behaviorist perspective, when implemented in the classroom, can be implemented by rewarding desirable behaviors and punishing undesirable behaviors. Some Christians argue that while the behaviors may change, the heart may not. Reflect on the following verses, in addition to this week’s assigned reading selection, and answer the subsequent prompts.

Jeremiah 17:10
Proverbs 23:7
Romans 8:27

Scripture tells us that God knows our heart. Do you feel that we can we utilize Behavioristic techniques (e.g. Behavior Contracts, Token Economies, etc.) while still maintaining our Christian worldview?

Search scripture to include one additional verse that provides support for or against your opinion.

Post Your Synthesized Annotated Bibliography On Improving Your Work Environment

In each week of this course, you will research and select three (3) peer-reviewed, scholarly sources to develop an annotated bibliography that you can use in your Doctoral Study. You will need to take the three sources and synthesize the references into a single narrative annotated bibliography that compares/contrasts or supports your study. For example, you may develop three references that will fit into the Nature of the Study (or any other component) and then the synthesized version will help you in developing your Prospectus/Proposal.

 

Post your synthesized annotated bibliography narrative that includes an explanation of how these references relate to one or more components of your Doctoral Study