Rashina is the Director of the SEPTA research group and a Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research focuses on Software Engineering (teams, process, projects, management, agile, lean) and Human-Computer Interaction (child-computer interaction, design for learning, human-centred design for smart energy consumption, serious games.)

Rashina’s research has been published in premier journals, including:

  • IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering
  • IEEE Software
  • IEEE Transactions on Education
  • Empirical Software Engineering
  • Information and Software Technology
  • Journal of Systems and Software

And in the proceedings of the top conferences, including:

  • IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE)
  • Object-Oriented Programming Systems Languages and Applications conference (OOPSLA)
  • International Conference on Agile Software Development (XP2009, 2010, 2011, 2013),
  • Patterns Languages of Programs (PLoP, EuroPLoP) conferences
  • Agile20xx conferences among others.

Her interviews have featured in the Communications of the ACM news, IEEE Software, and by the Ministry of Science and Innovation (now MBIE, New Zealand), InfoQ and more.

Rashina served as the Research Chair of the International Conference on Agile and Lean Software Methods 2012 and co-chaired the CHASE workshop at ICSE. She regularly serves on the program committee of various conferences, such as XP20xx, Agile20xx, and review panel of journals such as IEEE TSE, IEEE Software, IST, JSS, and ESE. Rashina served as the Chair of the IEEE NZ North Computer Society and founded the IEEE NZN Women in Engineering affinity group.

Previously, she was a Post-Doc Fellow and Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Rashina received her PhD in Computer Science from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2011). Her PhD thesis focused on “Self-Organizing Agile Teams” in the area of Agile Software Development. She received her Bachelors of Science in Computer Science summa-cum-laude from Louisiana State University, USA (GPA: 3.93/4.00) She has both academic and practical software development experience and is a Certified Scrum Master (2009).

Rashina received a BuildIT Post-Doc award (2011), BuildIT PhD scholarship(2009-11), Victoria Top Scholar award (2009), Agile Alliance academic grant (2009), Andreae Martin and Chevron awards for academic excellence (LSU, USA), and has featured consistently on the Dean’s Lists and Chancellor’s Honour Rolls during her Bachelors degree (LSU, USA, 1999-2003).

In her free time she enjoys painting, reading, and writing short stories and poems.

Rashina enjoys presenting the voice of Agile research to practitioners and academics alike.


Email: r.hoda@auckland.ac.nz (r<dot>hoda<at>auckland<dot>ac<dot>nz)
Twitter: agileRashina
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Auckland
City Campus, Auckland
New Zealand
Office webpage: http://www.web.ece.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/rashina-hoda