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The objective of this assignment is to further investigate and analyse the effect of applying CMMI practices/processes in an Agile environment in terms of business performance improvement and the limitations/restrictions of using both, and write a research report of approximately 2500-3000 words (excluding references). In doing so, students should investigate the following quote from a Technical Report published by SEI (Software Engineering Institute) and in light of the quote, write the report on the effect of CMMI in conjunction with one of the agile methods [Select one from the list below].


"..... Implementing CMMI practices in an organization that uses Agile methods, while remaining faithful to Agile principles, should also yield well-conceived Agile practices that maintain a lean, high-trust set of activities sufficient for the development of the product." (Glazer, Dalton, Anderson, Konrad & Shrum, 2008)1


The method (only one) to be chosen from:


  1. Scrum
  2. LSD (Lean Software Development)
  3. RUP (Rational Unified Process)


Students are to review current literature on the particular methods/models [CMMI and the chosen agile method] and state facts, analysis and understanding from the current literature as well as the concepts and laws learned in this course.


The report should take the form of a well-researched academic paper, and at no time should degenerate into the author’s unsupported opinion. The point of the exercise is to highlight an investigation that is currently being considered in the area of Software Engineering practices in organisations. Your research should be well supported with references from respected sources. You should include academic journals, books, theses, trade magazines and well-respected sources of related Internet material as you find is relevant. The report should be written according to the APA style guide.


The APA style guide can be found at University Library Home Page.


Additional Task:


Answer the following research question posed on page 286 of the textbook2:


“How can experiments and case studies be conducted more easily in an industrial setting answering key questions relevant to a specific organization? This would help to avoid the not-applicable-here (NAH) syndrome.”


It is important to learn from the work of others and you are encouraged to explore the library, World Wide Web resources and have discussions with other students. However, work for the assessment must be entirely the student`s own work.




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. In cases of copying, normally all students involved will be penalised equally; an exception will be if you can demonstrate the work is your own and you took reasonable care to safeguard against copying.


Plagiarism is a serious offence. As set out in the University Regulation 6.1.1. Students who are caught plagiarising will, for a first offence, be given a zero mark for that task. A second offence will result in a failing grade for the Unit(s) involved and any subsequent offence will be referred to the Student Discipline Committee.


Group Assignment Marking Guide


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Overview of what’s going to be discussed and covered in your own words, including introducing the method chosen

[10 Marks]



  1. Clarity:

Overall clarity of expression -

Does this piece of writing really help the reader to better understand the area?

Have all key findings been listed and discussed?

Have all key findings been supported by research?

[20 Marks]

  1. Completeness:

How well has the methods/models been covered?

How well has the concepts and laws been applied and discussed?

Were significant aspects ignored?

Were the descriptions accurate, technically sound?

How reasonable has the analysis been?

[40 Marks]

Referencing - quality and use:


A good selection of sources from print and electronic media. A total of minimum five sources should be referenced; of which three must be from journal articles, books, research papers.


The document must contain a references section where you list the sources to which you have referred and you must indicate in your text where you have cited these references. These may be electronic and/or paper based sources. You are required to use APA style referencing.

[10 Marks]



Language, Spelling and Grammar.

The report should be well structured.

Sentences and paragraphs should flow well.

[10 Marks]

Students ONLY-


Quality and completeness of the answer to the Research question.

[15 Marks]

ITECH3501 Total

ITECH6501 Total

[100 Marks]

[115 Marks]

Total (Scaled to out of 30%)



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