BUSN 350 DeVry Course Project

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BUSN 350 DeVry Course Project

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BUSN 350 DeVry Course Project

Criteria

There are three (3) milestone assignments in this course that will assist you in completing this final course project. The course project requires you to organize, map, and analyze a business process for an organization.

These milestone assignments are separate academic papers that require you to apply APA 6th edition style and structure.

The general criteria for the course project are as follows:

  1. Analyze a business problem and map the current business process steps using Microsoft Visio to create the flowchart.
  2. Elicit and document project requirements from stakeholders
  3. Define and assess alternative solutions, and make a recommendation
  4. Map the to-be business process steps using Microsoft Visio to create the flowchart
  5. Select a project management methodology to implement the solution
  6. The final paper must be at least 15 pages, maximum 20 pages in length.
  7. Follow APA 6th edition format for title page, reference page, appendix, citations, etc.
  8. At least six authoritative, outside references are required (anonymous authors, blogs, Wikipedia or Web pages are not acceptable).
  9. All DeVry University policies are in effect including the plagiarism policy.
  10. The final paper is due during Week 7 of this course.
  11. Any questions about this paper may be discussed in the weekly Q & A Discussion topic.
  12. This paper is worth 240 total points and will be graded on quality of research, quality of paper information, use of citations, grammar, and sentence structure (see grading rubric).

Paper Outline:

  1. Executive Summary
  2. This section should be concise but contain sufficient detail for the reader to completely understand the purpose of your project and the report content.
  3. Minimum 200 words, maximum 300 words in length.
  4. Business Problem Review
  5. Identify and describe the business problem – explain the steps in the current business process and why it needs to be improved.
  6. Insert the flowchart of the current business process in this section
  7. Explain the importance of interacting with stakeholders on your project and why they are important to the success of your project.
  8. Insert the stakeholder matrix in this section
  9. Elicitation Techniques
  10. Explain the importance of using the correct method to gather requirements for your project.
  11. Describe the elicitation method used, how many participants responded, and why this was the best method for eliciting requirements for your project.
  12. Provide a summary of the elicitation results in this section of the paper.
  13. Use a chart, table, or graph to illustrate the results. e. Provide the individual results of your elicitation in the Appendix of this paper. (hint: the Appendix is a separate section located after the References section)
  14. Requirements
  15. Explain why having accurate requirements is essential to the success of your project.
  16. Explain the process you used to document your requirements during the elicitation activity from the previous section.
  17. Insert the requirements analysis matrix/table in this section
  18. Communication
  19. Explain the importance of obtaining and maintaining consensus among key stakeholders regarding the overall solution scope and the requirements that will be implemented.
  20. Create a business analysis communication plan that describes the stakeholder groups and their communication needs.
  21. Insert the communication plan in this section
  22. Enterprise Analysis
  23. Describe the desired outcome that will result from meeting the business need and the expected end state desired by your project stakeholders.
  24. Identify new capabilities or changes to organizational systems that are required by the organization to meet the business need.
  25. Explain why this change is important to the success of your project.
  26. Solution Assessment and Validation
  27. Explain why it is import to evaluate several options along important dimensions such as risk, cost, and acceptability to key stakeholders.
  28. Identify and describe the alternative solutions (minimum 2) that you developed to improve the business process.
  29. Insert the table, matrix, or chart of the solution assessment in this section.
  30. Recommend the one alternative that fulfills the business need and offers the most value to the organization.
  31. Provide the rationale for your recommendation of the proposed solution
  32. Explain the differences between the steps in the as-is (current) process flowchart and the to-be (future) process flowchart. Which steps are different and why did they change?
  33. Insert the flowchart of the to-be business process in this section
  34. Project Management
  • Explain how you will manage the implementation process.
  • Identify the project management methodology you will use to manage the implementation tasks.
  • Define how long it will take to implement the changes and which resources will be required to support the implementation effort.
  • Create a project timeline for implementing the recommended solution.
  • Insert the table or matrix of the project timeline in this section
  1. Conclusion
  2. Present the key conclusions of your project including the overall impacts of this proposal and any positive social, environmental, or economic outcomes the organization can expect to realize as a result of this implementation effort.
  3. Minimum 200 words, maximum 300 words in length.

Grading Rubric:

Category Points Description
Executive Summary 20 Lists and reviews main points in same order in which they appear in report.
Business Problem Review 25 Provides thorough explanation of identified business process reviewed. Flowchart of current business process reflects college level expertise.
Elicitation 25 Describes and substantiates techniques used to obtain requirements. List of stakeholders identifies importance and level of involvement.
Requirements 25 Describes tasks to understand the business need or problem and translate unstructured information into project objectives. List of requirements identifies category and project objective.
Communication 20 Identifies and substantiates communication techniques and methods appropriate for obtaining approval of documented requirements from stakeholders.
Enterprise Analysis 20 Provides an examination of the business problem and proposed solutions, provides an evaluation of strategic risks and returns for each proposed solution.
Solution Assessment and Validation 25 Provides viable recommendations after requirements analysis. Describes methods for assessing identified solution and validates that the solution would work. Flowchart of to-be business process reflects college level expertise.
Project Management 20  
Conclusion 20 Summarizes major points.
Organization & Cohesiveness 20 Paper is organized, has topical flow, and uses appropriate industry terms, concepts, and theory. Paragraph transitions are present and logical flow maintained throughout paper. Sentence transitions are present and maintain the flow of thought. Sentences are complete, clear, and concise.
Grammar and Spelling 20 Paper is well written and is college level writing. Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed. Spelling is correct. Follows APA format.
Total 240 A quality paper will m