Agile and Lean Course at UoA: Call for Project Proposals 2016 (Extended deadline Sunday, 26th June 2016)

Note new extended due date: Sun, 26th June 2016

Its that time of the year again…Calling all Agile and Lean Practitioners in Auckland! Propose a Project for  SoftEng 761: Agile & Lean software development course at The University of Auckland.

Industry Feedback
“Bridges the gap between university and the real-world”
“I had an absolute blast being a customer representative. The student’s we’re a delight to work with. It was exciting to see our conceptual requirements slowly become reality, and see the student’s take on board our direction and feedback wholeheartedly.”

Want to be a part of this exciting course? Read on or head straight to proposing a project:

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 since 2013. 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.)

Course Duration: 12 weeks (Project runs for around 6-7 weeks starting week 3)
Course Dates: 18th July to 21st Oct (with 2 weeks break from 29 Aug-10 Sep)
Class Size: 50-55 students (approx.)
Class Level: Final year Bachelor of Engineering students and Masters of Engineering Studies students

Course coordinator: Dr Rashina Hoda (
Course lecturers: Dr Rashina Hoda and Dr Kelly Blincoe (
Teaching assistant: Latha Karthigaa (

Industry Partnership: Proposing Projects [Extended due date: Friday, 17th Sunday, 26th June 2016]
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 55-60 students are expected to work in teams of 6-8 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 ( online.

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 us at or or if you have any queries.

Best regards,

Rashina Hoda and Kelly Blincoe

SEPTA Research
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Auckland
New Zealand


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