Agile and Lean Course at UoA: Call for Project Proposals, 2014

Calling all Agile and Lean Practitioners in Auckland!

Propose a Project for  SoftEng 761: Agile & Lean software development course at The University of Auckland.

Course Overview: SoftEng761 is a software engineering course focusing on teamwork, customer collaboration, and core software engineering practices run in collaboration with the local software industry. It is designed to allow students to gain practical experience in using Agile and Lean software development methods to develop software prototypes in collaboration with customers (industry representatives.)

Duration: 12 weeks
Dates: 21st July to 24th Oct (with 2 weeks break from 1-12 Sep)
Class Size: 30 students (approx.)
Class Level: Final year Bachelor of Engineering students and Masters of Engineering Studies students
Course co-ordinator: Dr Rashina Hoda

Industry Partnership: Proposing Projects [Due date: Friday, 4th July 2014]
An ideal project should be small enough to be feasible within roughly 7 weeks of the semester, but large enough to be challenging for the student teams. Approximately 30 students are expected to work in teams of 5-6 and spend around 7-8 hours per person per week on the project. Teams will follow Agile and Lean Software Development, which means that teams will meet with you (or your nominated representative) on a regular basis to ensure that the project is going in the right direction. The process is flexible, allowing you to change focus during the course of the project. The team creates a prototype system each fortnight that continually expands on functionality. To propose a project, simply fill out the SOFTENG761_ProjectProposalForm (can’t download the form? email me for a copy) and email to no later than Friday, 4th July 2014.

Your Involvement
As an industry representative, you’ll be primarily playing the Product Owner role: providing requirements, reviewing demo of new features, providing feedback through acceptance tests, and contributing to final project and team evaluations. If you so desire, you may also be more involved and provide some mentoring to students on Agile and/or technical practices. You may also propose to present a guest lecture to the class.

What’s in it for you?
This provides an excellent opportunity for you to explore a prototype of a new software application or extend/refresh an existing system. Working with our final year BE and ME studies students will also help raise your visibility as potential employers for our future graduates.

Please contact me at if you have any queries.

Best regards,
Rashina Hoda

PhD, Senior Lecturer of Software Engineering
Director, SEPTA Research
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Auckland
New Zealand