Agile and Lean Course at UoA: Call for Project Proposals 2017 (Due Sunday, 2nd July 2017 – Last Extension!)

Thanks for all the awesome proposals so far!
Last extension to Sunday, 2nd July 2017 on popular demand! 

It’s that time of the year again…Calling all Software 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 students were 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.) Read more about it:

Course Duration: 12 weeks (Project runs for around 6.5 weeks starting week 3)

Course Dates: 24th July to 27th Oct (with a mid-semester break from 4-16th Sep)

Class Size: 75 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: Yogeshwar Shastri (

Industry Partnership: Proposing Projects [due date: Sunday, 25th June 2017]

An ideal project should be small enough to be feasible within roughly 6 weeks of the semester, but large enough to be challenging for the student teams. A team of 8-10 students will 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 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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Rashina Hoda

Agile researcher, educator, speaker, writer

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