BAP208 - Agile Methodologies

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-03-16 15:42:26.612
Last review date 2018-03-16 15:42:26.613

Subject Title
Agile Methodologies

Subject Description
Examine multiple aspects of Agile methodologies with a focus on practices that have evolved since the creation of the Agile values and principles published in 2001.  Students begin with an overview of the history of Agile methodologies in order to gain an understanding of where these practices originated and how they are being applied today.

Credit Status
BAP208 is a half-credit course.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the difference in approach between Agile and traditional methods with respect to software requirements related to software testing or the development approach.
  2. Describe the underlying values and principles of Agile.
  3. Explain the difference between common Agile methods such as Scrum and Kanban to understand when to apply each approach.
  4. Facilitate Agile retrospectives to incrementally improve practices used within the team.
  5. Determine when to refer to Agile methodologies versus applying Agile methodologies in a stealth manner when faced with resistance to change.
  6. Evaluate a project to determine whether or not Agile approaches are best.
  7. Create Agile project plans using the Scrum methodology.
  8. Create light-weight requirements artifacts and documents for Agile projects.
  9. Identify tactical Agile practices for decomposing business requirements at the strategic and implementation level.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  1. History of Agile Values and Principles and Agile Manifesto.
  2. Scrum and Kanban Overview - picking a process to match the work.
  3. Kerth's prime directive and Agile retrospectives; Agile myth busting.
  4. How the product lifecycle fits with Scrum; Light-weight strategic planning and tactical tools.
  5. Bridge to agility - how traditional requirements gather changes in an Agile world

Mode of Instruction
This course is delivered online.  this may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction withyour instructor and online activities.

Prescribed Texts
Reference to multiple books will be used throughout the course as supporting material.  There will be no need for students to purchase books as the course materials will not be tied directly to a specific book.  Any readings will be provided via online links.

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Assignments are due on the dates specified. Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor prior to the assignment due date so that an appropriate course of action can be established. Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and will not generally be accepted beyond two weeks from the due date.
In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the College Academic Policy will prevail. Please ensure that all assignments and reports are properly documented.
Students are referred to the following website for Seneca College Library style guides, Academic Honesty Policy and Copyright guidelines:  http:/
Dates for evaluations are specified in the weekly schedule addendum to this outline. The evaluation process may include, but is not limited to, tests, exams, assignments or presentations. Any absences or missed submissions due to medical or other reasons must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation within one (1) week of the due date. The faculty and program area must be notified immediately in the event of a missed evaluation. Upon acceptance of the documentation, the weighting of the missed deliverable will normally be applied to the final exam.
English Competency
The ability to communicate effectively is essential for success in business. Therefore, you must demonstrate English competency in this course in both oral and written work. Ensure your written work includes correct sentence structure, spelling and punctuation. Always spell check, edit and proofread your work.
Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Quizzes (4@5%) + (1@15%) 35%
Group Assignments (2@15%) 30%
Peer evaluation Activity 05%
Graded Discussion (1@20%) +  (1@10%) 30%

 * Online:  All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.

Please retain this subject outline document for future educational and/or employment use.

Program Manager:
Emiliano Introcaso

Approved by: Chair - Business Studies Danielle Mercier