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Agile Project Management & Consultancy

Introduction

Modern solution development, particularly for eCommerce applications, depends significantly on the practices of agile development and DevOps. Additionally, the success of such projects is dependent on successfully capturing, and delivering upon, the needs of the customer/end-users. In other words, such projects require developers and analysts to utilise consultancy skills such as requirements elicitation and soft systems thinking. As such, the module covers an important need in the overall eBusiness Management curricula, and the eCommerce & Digital Analytics specialism in particular, for students on a more technical pathway to gain experience in these key new technologies and approaches that are in high demand among employers.

This module aims to explore the changes in modern software projects through a mixture of lectures, seminars, case studies, and hands-on lab sessions. The key themes will include:

  • The agile methodology, DevOps and DataOps
  • Version control systems (with GitHub)
  • User story mapping
  • Project planning and kanban boards
  • System analysis
  • Consultancy
  • Digital analytics

The module will conclude with a hands-on, capstone project completed in teams. The project brings together all of these technologies and techniques to develop a full project implementation plan

Objectives

Upon successful completion participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of digital consultancy and project management concepts
  • Critically evaluate software development lifecycle practices, and design conceptual and practical agile workflows
  • Interpret and evaluate complex organisational problems and requirements
  • Demonstrate a sound conceptual understanding of the forefront of digital consultancy practice and their application in real-world scenarios
  • Critically evaluate the systematic and operational risks associated with digital transformations and develop comprehensive mitigation strategies

Syllabus

  • Project management for software development
  • The agile methodology and DevOps
  • User story mapping
  • Requirements mapping
  • Consultancy for eCommerce and Digital Analytics
  • Data analysis for consultancy projects
  • Project planning and kanban boards
  • A practical simulation of the above topics

Assessment

  • Consultancy Presentation (30%)
  • 4,000 words Post Module Assignment (70%)

Duration

2 weeks including 21 hours of lectures and 18 hours of seminars