Leadership in IT Project Management

4 itech 7401 project management blog.docx
Assessment Task 4 –
ITECH 7401 Leadership in IT Project Management
Task Name
Project Management Blog
To encourage students to expand their thinking through reading and sharing of their ideas in a
web 2.0 format used by many project managers.
Timelines and Expectations
Percentage Value of Task: 10% (30 marks).
Week 11 Sunday, 23:59 pm
Minimum time expectation: This task will take approximately 10 hours to complete.
Learning Outcomes Assessed
The following learning outcomes are assessed by completing this assessment: K5, S2, S3, and
Assessment Details
A blog is a discussion or informational site published on the web consisting of regular entries or
posts in chronological order. A blog features diary-type commentary and links to articles on other
websites. Many blogs focus on a particular topic; team blogs will focus on an area of project
management leadership.
Blogs are useful for first time and experienced project managers, and are widely used in the
industry. The purpose of your project management leadership blog is to share the results of your
research and investigations with other students, and gather their feedback regarding your
thoughts and ideas.
For some examples project management blogs see:

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Each individual student is required to select one (1) peer reviewed journal article from the list of
four (4) journal articles provided on project management leadership related to the course (see
below). Each individual student is required to write a blog
critically analysing their selected journal
article, including an introduction, summary, analysis, and conclusion (approximately 1200–1500
words). The review should be supported by references from the literature, demonstrating wider
reading and critical thinking (approximately 6–10 references).
In addition, each individual student will be required to review one (1) other student’s blog
(approximately 100-150 words per review). Reviews should provide a deep analysis of the
critique as well as suggesting applications and consequences of the ideas presented.
Select one (1) of the following articles:
Norrie, J., & Walker, D. H. (2004). A balanced scorecard approach to project management
Project management journal, 35(4), 47-56.
Sutherland, J., Viktorov, A., Blount, J., & Puntikov, N. (2007, January). Distributed scrum:
Agile project management with outsourced development teams. In
2007 40th annual Hawaii
international conference on system sciences (HICSS’07)
(pp. 274a-274a). IEEE.
Nasir, M. (2006, June). A survey of software estimation techniques and project planning
practices. In
Seventh ACIS International Conference on Software Engineering, Artificial
Intelligence, Networking, and Parallel/Distributed Computing (SNPD’06)
(pp. 305-310). IEEE.
Oertig, M., & Buergi, T. (2006). The challenges of managing crosscultural virtual project
Team Performance Management: An International Journal, 12(1), 23-30.
A quality project management blog will be clearly articulated and professionally presented. It
should demonstrate analysis, and a synthesis of content, knowledge, skills, and ideas acquired
from lectures, tutorials and academic authors. It will include a well written introduction which
catches the reader’s attention, sets the scope of the blog, indicates the aims of the blog, and
provides an overall plan for the blog. The summary should include a brief outline of the main
ideas of the paper. The analysis should explain both the strengths and weaknesses of the key
arguments and should be supported by evidence. The conclusion should revise the main ideas
and include clear implications of your findings
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Academic Presentation
Please note a title page and table of contents are NOT required for this assessment. Blogs
should be presented in accordance with:
Helpsheets: https://studyskills.federation.edu.au/student-skills/helpsheets/
Writing guides: https://studyskills.federation.edu.au/assessment/written-tasks/
Layout and appearance: https://studyskills.federation.edu.au/student-skills/writing/layout-andappearance/
Reference lists and in-text references should be presented in APA format:
See FedCite – referencing tool: https://federation.edu.au/library/student-resources/fedcite
A blog will be created for you in Moodle (check with your course lecturer/tutor). Do NOT attach a
Word document to your blog. Copy and paste your text into the message box in Moodle. Make
sure you include your review post.
This assessment task will be marked by the course coordinator, lecturer and/or tutors. Feedback
and marks will be provided in Moodle. Marks will also be available in FDL Marks.
Plagiarism is the presentation of the expressed thought or work of another person as though it is
one’s own without properly acknowledging that person. You must not allow other students to copy
your work and must take care to safeguard against this happening. More information about the
plagiarism policy and procedure for the university can be found at
Please refer to the Course Description for information regarding late assignments, extensions,
and special consideration. A reminder all academic regulations can be accessed via the
university’s website, see:
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Marking Criteria/Rubric

Assessment Criteria Marking Scale
Poor Excellent
1 5
Quality of introduction and conclusion 0
Quality of summary 0
Quality of analysis 0
Academic presentation – length, writing and presentation 0
Evidence of research – in-text referencing and bibliography 0
Quality of review of another blog conducted and included 0
Total Mark [30 marks] 0.0
Total Worth [10%] 0.0%