Agile Methods

At the end of this week, there is an assignment due 23:59 Friday 22 January. This week will run as Sprint 0 of the group projects, while you get to learn and practice Agile methods. The schedule for this week is as follows:

Monday 18 January

  • 9:00-10:00 Meet your team. This is an opportunity to meet with your team before meeting with the client.
  • 10:00-12:00 Meet your client. During this meeting you will get a chance to ask your client questions about the project in order to create the vision for the project.
  • 13:00-16:00 Informal Agile methods discussion, implementation set up tasks. As teams will have different meeting times, Jennifer will be in class and available for informal discussions during the day.

Tuesday 19 January

  • 10:00-12:00 Joint taught component with UX and BA students and formal introduction to the projects. slides
  • 13:00-16:00 Continue implementation set up tasks, assignment.

Wednesday 20 January

  • This day is available for the second meeting with the client.

Thursday 21 January

  • 10:00-12:00 Joint taught component with UX and BA students. slides
  • 13:00-16:00 Continue implementation set up tasks, assignment.

Assignment (5% of overall mark for the course)

Due: 23:59 Friday 22 January

Description: This is an individual assignment. You are asked to reflect on one/more of the readings provided (in class or on this page) and how this knowledge will be implemented in your agile practice. You can structure your reflection as follows: 1. Describe the reading and what you have learned from it. 2. Describe how you see yourself and your whole team implementing that learning - refer to the responsibilities of the different roles on the team. 3. Discuss both the benefits and challenges that you anticipate when working this way.

Requirements: Page limit (max): 4 pages (this includes everything, any further pages will be ignored) AND 12 point font.

How to submit: Upload as Word or PDF in ECS submission system

Useful Resources to get started:


Sprint 0

Creating the product vision

Project/Product scope



Iterative & Incremental

Books - Available through the university library
  • Agile software development : the cooperative game. Alistair Cockburn, 2007
  • Agile software development with Scrum, Ken Schwaber and Mike Beedle, 2002
  • The Art of Agile Product Ownership: A Guide for Product Managers, Business Analysts, and Entrepreneurs, Allan Kelly, 2019
  • The Agile developer's handbook: get more value from your software development : get the best out of the Agile methodology, Paul Flewelling, 2018
  • Agile Anywhere: Essays on Agile Projects and Beyond, Orit Hazzan and Yael Dubinsky,2014
  • Agile!The Good, the Hype, and the Ugly, Bertrand Meyer, 2014
Topic attachments
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Sprint0_JointSessions.pdfpdf Sprint0_JointSessions.pdf manage 1 MB 20 Jan 2021 - 12:07 Main.jennifer Slided for Tue 19 Jan 2021
Sprint0_JointSessions1.pdfpdf Sprint0_JointSessions1.pdf manage 1 MB 21 Jan 2021 - 15:35 Main.jennifer Slided for Thu 21 Jan 2021