Course Kickoff

Today's Activities

  • Three pitches: 30 minutes
  • About this course: 15 minutes
  • Team work: 30 minutes

Three Pitches

  • Only 3 minutes per team!
  • 30 seconds: Three ideas
  • 2 minutes: Market feedback
    • "Have you seen [existing app that does idea]?"
    • "What about [big problem for idea]?"
  • 30 seconds: Poll
    • "Yes" -- you would be interested in trying out the product
    • You can vote yes for more than one idea

About this course


There are three deliverables for this course.

  • Your team project
  • Your client project
  • You and your team

The third is most important in the long run.

How This Course Works

  • Build / Reflect / Improve / Repeat
  • Learn by doing, not listening to lectures
  • Class is for discussion, setting goals, doing work
    • Attendance is critical
  • Your key resources:


  • I need to know if you can
    • avoid common project and team pitfalls
    • apply agile ideas to each project appropriately
    • improve constantly through retrospection
  • I look for clues everywhere
    • Tasks not finished, or done incorrectly
    • Team issues missed or minimized
    • Client "surprises"
    • Odd data points, like very few or very many github commits


  • Basically
    • 80 points for two team project × your CATME contribution factor
    • up to 20 points for individual retrospectives
  • See the course page for details

Teams: Some Assembly Required

Team tasks