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CIS/525 CIS 525 CIS 525 Week 2 Assignment Agile versus Waterfall


CIS 525 Week 2 Assignment Agile versus Waterfall Due Week 2 and worth 110 points The following resources may be helpful when completing this assignment: • “WATERFALL vs. AGILE METHODOLOGY” (You may also view the article at http://agileintro.wordpress.com/2008/01/04/waterfall-vs-agile-methodology/.) • “Understanding the pros and cons of the Waterfall Model of software development” (You may also view the article at http://www.techrepublic.com/article/understanding-the-pros-and-cons-of-the-waterfall-model-of-software-development/6118423.) • “Transitioning from waterfall to iterative development” (You may also view the article at http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rational/library/4243.html.) Agile approach to project management has become more and more popular in recent years. Agile framework is different from traditional waterfall model. It has considerable impact on how projects are planned and executed. Imagine that you have been assigned as a project manager to manage your company’s e-Commerce Website where customers can browse the company’s products, place orders, and interact with the company’s customer service representatives. Your project must be completed in three (3) months and you have about twelve (12) people in the team. There are three (3) offshore developers in Ireland and two (2) QA testers in Dallas, TX. The rest of the project team and the product owner are in San Diego, CA. Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you: 1. Compare and contrast agile and Waterfall models of managing a project in the context of building an e-Commerce Website. Include diagrams or tables through the use of graphical tools in Microsoft Word or Visio, or an open source alternative such as Dia to show the differences and similarities. Note: The graphically depicted solution is not included in the required page length. 2. Evaluate the pros and cons in agile and Waterfall project management in terms of planning and the execution of projects and collaboration among project team members. 3. Determine whether you would use an “Agile” or “Waterfall” model to manage the project for your company. Support your rationale. 4. Identify and analyze the major pitfalls and misconceptions inherited in your chosen approach. Propose key actions that you, as a project manager, could take in order to mitigate the risks associated with the previously identified misconceptions. 5. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources. You may use the resources above or others of your choosing.


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