Agile Business Analysis

Task Summary
For this individual assessment, you will be required to research and write a 1500-word report on
agile methods, processes, and the agile approach. This report needs to be written from the
perspective of explaining Agile to someone who has no understanding of the Agile approach, as if it
is being implemented in an organisation for the first time. Agile has several different frameworks or
methodologies however Scrum roles, processes and tools/artefacts are found in most if not all Agile
frameworks.

ASSESSMENT 1 BRIEF
Subject Code and Title Agile Business Analysis
Assessment Agile Business Analysis Report
Individual/Group Individual
Length 1500 words (+/- 10%)
Learning Outcomes The Subject Learning Outcomes demonstrated by successful
completion of the task below include:
d) Communicate agile methods, processes, and approaches with
stakeholders in order to address organisational requirements.
Submission
Weighting
Total Marks

The above diagram covers the 3 different Scrum roles, 4 Scrum Ceremonies, and Scrum artefacts – it
represents Scrum ‘in a nutshell’. Your report must describe and explain the components of this
diagram:
a. Describe the scrum roles and what they are responsible for.
b. Describe the Agile ceremonies and what is done in each ceremony.
c. Explain how the scrum roles participate in these ceremonies.
d. How do the ceremonies contribute to the three pillars of Scrum?
e. Which agile principles from the Agile Manifesto align to which ceremony, artefact
and/or practice, explaining why you believe this to be the case.
f. Where does the Business Analyst fit in to this picture and what contributions do they
make to the various artefacts and ceremonies that you have discussed?
Context
As organisations have started to adopt an Agile approach to software development, the role of the
Business Analyst has evolved from longer analysis and design activities done from initiation to
completion, to a world where software is produced iteratively is smaller release in sprints. For you to
succeed in a role as an Agile Business Analyst will require an understanding of agile methods
processes and approaches.
Task Instructions
Report Structure
The report is brief and therefore will not require and executive summary or abstract.
2.
Introduction (175-200 words): Also serve as your statement of purpose for the report. This
means that you will tell the reader what you are going to cover in your report. You will need to
inform the reader of:
a) Your area of research and its context
b) The key concepts you will be addressing,
c) What the reader can expect to find in the body of the report
3.
Body of the report (1000 – 1100 words)
a. Describe the scrum roles and what they are responsible for.
b. Describe the Agile ceremonies and what is done in each ceremony.
c. Explain how the scrum roles participate in these ceremonies.
d. How do the ceremonies contribute to the three pillars of Scrum?
e. Which agile principles from the Agile Manifesto align to which ceremony, artefact and/
or practice, explaining why you believe this to be the case.
f. Where does the Business Analyst fit in to this picture and what contributions do they
make to the various artefacts and ceremonies that you have discussed?
4.
Conclusion (175 – 200 words): summarise any findings that the report puts forward regarding
the concepts covered in the report.

Layout
The report should use font Arial or Calibri 11 point, should be line spaced at 1.5 for ease of reading
and page numbers on the bottom of each page.
With the required diagrams due attention should be given to pagination to avoid loss of meaning
and continuity by unnecessarily splitting information over two pages. Diagrams must carry the
appropriate captioning.
Referencing
Assessment Rubric

Assessment
Attributes
Fail
(Yet to achieve
minimum standard)
0-49%
Pass
(Functional)
50-64%
Credit
(Proficient)
65-74%
Distinction
(Advanced)
75-84%
High Distinction
(Exceptional)
85-100%
Knowledge and
understanding
Understanding of the
key concepts of Agile
methods, processes and
the Agile approach.
25%
Lack of understanding of
the required concepts and
knowledge.
Key components of the
assignment are not
addressed.
Lack of application, and
analysis of information to
provide clear
recommendations.
Limited understanding of
required concepts and
knowledge.
Some of the key components
of the assignment are not
addressed.
Limited application and
analysis to provide clear
recommendations.
Adequate knowledge or
understanding of the
required concepts.
A reasonable capacity to
explain and apply relevant
key concepts.
Supports opinion and
information substantiated
by evidence from research
to provide
recommendations.
Thorough understanding of
the key concepts.
Discriminates between
assertion of opinion and
information substantiated
by robust evidence from
the research/course
materials and extended
reading.
Well demonstrated capacity
to apply and analyse
relevant information to
provide clear
recommendations.
Highly developed
understanding of the field
or discipline/s.
Systematically and critically
discriminates between
assertion of opinion and
information substantiated
by robust evidence from
the research/course
materials and extended
reading.
Recommendations are
clearly justified based on
the application and analysis
of information.
Analysis and
application with
synthesis of new
knowledge
Demonstrates a
understanding of the
Agile approach, the
Scrum process, Agile
teams and the role of
the Business Analyst.
Limited synthesis and
analysis.
Limited
application/recommendat
ions based upon analysis.
Demonstrated analysis and
synthesis of new knowledge
with application.
Shows the ability to interpret
relevant information and
literature.
Well-developed analysis
and synthesis with
application of
recommendations linked to
analysis/synthesis.
Thoroughly developed and
sound analysis and
synthesis with application
of pretested models and /
or independently
developed models and
justified recommendations
linked to analysis/synthesis.
Highly sophisticated and
creative analysis, synthesis
of new with existing
knowledge.
Strong application by way
of pretested models and /
or independently
developed models.
Recommendations are
clearly justified based on

 

35% the analysis/synthesis.
Applying knowledge to new
situations/other cases.
Effective
Communication
(Written)
20%
Presents information.
Specialised language and
terminology is rarely or
inaccurately employed.
Meaning is repeatedly
obscured by errors in the
communication of ideas,
including errors in
structure, sequence,
spelling, grammar,
punctuation and/or the
acknowledgment of
sources.
Communicates in a readable
manner that largely adheres
to the given format.
Generally employs specialised
language and terminology
with accuracy.
Meaning is sometimes
difficult to follow.
Information, arguments and
evidence are structured and
sequenced in a way that is
not always clear and logical.
Some errors are evident in
spelling, grammar and/or
punctuation.
Communicates in a
coherent and readable
manner that adheres to the
given format.
Accurately employs
specialised language and
terminology.
Meaning is easy to follow.
Information, arguments and
evidence are structured and
sequenced in a way that is
clear and logical.
Occasional minor errors
present in spelling,
grammar and/or
punctuation.
Communicates coherently
and concisely in a manner
that adheres to the given
format.
Accurately employs a wide
range of specialised
language and terminology.
Engages audience interest.
Information, arguments and
evidence are structured and
sequenced in a way that is,
clear and persuasive.
Spelling, grammar and
punctuation are free from
errors.
Communicates eloquently.
Expresses meaning
coherently, concisely and
creatively within the given
format.
Discerningly selects and
precisely employs a wide
range of specialised
language and terminology.
Engages and sustains
audience’s interest.
Information, arguments
and evidence are insightful,
persuasive and expertly
presented.
Spelling, grammar and
punctuation are free from
errors.
Use of academic and
discipline conventions
Formal tone
Meets the assignment
brief regarding
introduction, body and
conclusion.
Poorly written with
informal tone, using first
person pronouns (I, my,
we, me, us) and does not
adhere to the assignment
brief of the requirements
for a short business
report.
Written according to
academic genre as per the
assignment brief. Minor
errors in the use of first
person pronouns (I, my, we,
me, us).
Introduction attempted but
very generic does not clearly
state the purpose of the
Written according to
academic genre as per the
assignment brief.
Demonstrates consistent
use of credible and relevant
research sources to support
and develop ideas.
Well-written and adheres to
the academic genre as per
the assignment brief.
Consistently demonstrates
expert use of good quality,
credible and relevant
research sources to support
and develop appropriate
arguments and statements.
Expertly written and
adheres to the academic
genre as per the
assignment brief.
Demonstrates expert use of
high-quality credible and
relevant research sources
to support and develop
arguments and position

 

No use of first party
perspective
Appropriate use of
credible resources,
Correct citation of key
resources using APA
style of referencing
20%
No introduction
attempted.
Conclusion not
attempted.
Demonstrates
inconsistent and
inadequate use of good
quality, credible and
relevant resources to
support and develop
ideas.
No use of in-text
references, or no
reference list at the close
of the report. There are
many mistakes in using
the APA style.
report and what the reader
should expect to find in the
body of the report.
Conclusion attempted but
does not include summation
of key concepts discussed in
the report and/or key
conclusions or
recommendations.
Demonstrates consistent use
of credible and relevant
research sources to support
and develop ideas, but these
are not always explicit or well
developed.
Little use of in-text
referencing, or inadequate
references consulted and
added to references at the
close of the report. There are
some mistakes in using APA
style.
Sound use of the
introduction but does not
clearly state either the
purpose of the report or
what the reader should
expect to find in the body
of the report.
Sound use of the conclusion
and succeeds in either the
summation of key concepts
discussed, or key
conclusions or
recommendations, but not
both.
Good use of in-text
referencing and
appropriate number of
references used and listed
in the reference list. There
are only minor errors in
using the APA style.
Shows evidence of reading
beyond the key reading.
Good use of the
introduction which clearly
states the purpose of the
report and what the reader
should expect to find in the
body of the report.
Good use of the conclusion
and succeeds in summation
of key concepts discussed
and key conclusions or
recommendations.
Very good use of in-text
referencing. All in-text
references match with
references listed in the
reference list. There are no
mistakes in using the APA
style.
statements. Shows
extensive evidence of
reading beyond the key
reading.
Excellent use of the
introduction which secures
the attention of the reader,
clearly states the purpose
of the report and what the
reader should expect to
find in the body of the
report.
Excellent use of the
conclusion which succeeds
in confident summation of
key concepts and
conclusions and gives the
reader a clear sense of next
steps required.
Excellent and meticulous
use of in-text referencing
with all in-text references
matching with references
listed in the reference list.
There are no mistakes in
using the APA style.