Assignment 1: Scrum vs. Plan-Based Software Development Strategies
Due Week 2 and worth 100 points
You are the lead software engineer at a large educational institution consisting of twenty three (23) campuses located across the Midwestern United States. Your team has been asked to spearhead an effort to implement a new software program that will serve as a centralized student information center for all of your online students. This system is being designed to reduce the cost of managing students’ information and to automate the processes associated with this information. The total online enrollment currently stands at 10,000 students. As the project manager you will need to decide whether to utilize the Scrum approach to project management or a more conventional, plan-based approach.
Write a three to five (3-5) page paper in which you:
- Describe your approach in managing this project through both a Scrum-based approach and a plan-based software engineering approach.
- Identify how to address the most challenging aspects of this software development project under both approaches and describe how to address such challenges to ensure a successful outcome.
- Develop a visual rendering of each approach using Microsoft Visio or its open source alternative, Dia. Note: The graphically depicted solution is not included in the required page length.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of a Scrum approach compared to a plan-based approach based on the following factors:
- Planning the allocation of people to projects
- Estimating the cost of projects
- Maintaining team cohesion
- Managing changes in project team membership