December 5: Final project deliverable due
December 1: Client Demos, Team Advice in Ford ITW. Demo Times
November 30: In-class demos, client advice writing task.
November 18: Iteration planning with clients! Saturday 11:00am Ford ITW
November 10: Iteration planning with clients! Friday 10:30am Chambers Hall (Foster St), lower level
November 9: Ionic testing activity
November 4: Iteration planning with clients! Saturday 11:00am Ford ITW
November 2: Purple / Yellow team demos. Client project demos.
October 27: Meet your clients! 10:30am Ford ITW
October 26: New Team Meet and Prep
October 26: Final Team Project Demo: In-class app demos and wrap up discussion.
October 17: Google visit
October 9: Start of weekly coaching meetings and Retrospective reports
September 26: First demo!
September 21: Hybrid setup report and four-panel storyboard.
September 19 Day One -- What each team needs to prepare for the first day of class!


TTh 11am - 12:20am


Tech M164


Chris Riesbeck


Day One

Yikes! Five weeks to get your first project done. And your first demo is next week! Thank goodness for agile methods!

Task 1: Sign up on Piazza

Piazza is where I post most announcements, task updates, and interesting links, and students post requests for help, answers to requests for help, and whatever else seems relevant.

Use the sign up link on the right to, um, sign up. While there, click the Settings gear to set your notifications. I expect everyone to see any Piazza posting within 6 hours.

Task 2: Github data

Immediately, if not sooner, enter your github user name in the appropriate cell of the Team Data spreadsheet. The link is on the Canvas assignment page. I need that to form teams on Github under the EECS 394 github organization.

The team spreadsheet is where you will find the Northwestern email addresses of the other members of your team.

If there are errors on the spreadsheet, contact me. The data came directly from Caesar.

For access to all shared Google documents, see these notes. Do not request access from a non-Northwestern Google account.

Task 3: Three Pitches

Your team's first task is to come up with three distinct ideas for a mobile web app. Each idea should be simple, useful (or fun) and new. Put these three ideas on the slide for your team in the Three Pitches Google Presentation. The link is on the Canvas assignment page. This is due an hour before class.

All the obvious apps have been built. Don't do yet another site to borrow books and tools. You're going to need to focus on some subgroup of users--that you can get for testers--with some unmet need. This calls for serious brainstorming as your first team effort.

Contact your team mates and arrange a group meeting, physical or virtual. Everyone's email addresses are on the Team Data spreadsheet.

On Day One of class, you will

  1. present your Three Pitches
  2. pick your product and get to work!


Prepare for the presentation:

Questions? Ask your team mates. Still unclear? Post questions on Piazza.

Want to know what comes next? See How to Release in a Week for clues.