Dr Mali Senapathi

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Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader, Master of Service-Oriented Computing

Phone: +64 921 9999 extension 5213

Email: mali.senapathi@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
SERL (D-58), School of Engineering, Mathematical and Computing Sciences, 
AUT University, Level 7, AUT Tower, 2-14 Wakefield Street, Auckland. 


PhD, University of Auckland.
Master of Commerce (Information Systems, 1st Class Hons), Auckland
Bachelor of Engineering, University of Mysore, Karnataka, India.

Memberships and Affiliations:

Member, Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) 

Member, Association of Information Systems (https://aisnet.org/)

Member, NaPiRE, Naming the Pain in Requirements Engineering, (http://www.mendezfe.org/projects/napire/)

Member, Agile Professionals Network (http://agileauckland.org/)


Mali Senapathi is a Senior Lecturer in the department of Information Technology and Software Engineering at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in New Zealand. Mali was awarded an Engineering degree in Electronics and Communication from the University of Mysore, India, and MCom (Hons) and PhD degrees from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Teaching Areas:

Papers taught:


  • Software Engineering for Services
  • Research Project (supervisor)
  • Research Methods
  • Research and Development (Industry capstone) Project (supervisor)
  • Data and Process Modelling (OO Analysis and Design with UML)
  • Logical Database Design
  • Physical Database Design

Research Areas:

  • Agile Requirements Engineering
  • Software Engineering for Services
  • Agile Software Development
  • Implementation and use of DevOps in organisations
  • IS and Software Engineering Education

Research Summary:

Mali’s research interests include Agile software development, requirements engineering and Computing education. Her research in these areas has been published in relevant conference proceedings (e.g. Agile, XP, EASE, and ACIS) and journals such as Journal of Systems and Software. Mali currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Development and Project Management Track at ICIS 2018, Co-Chair of the Agile Project Management (SIG ITProjMgmt) track at AMCIS 2018, and Co-Chair of the Agile, Project Management, and IS Development Track at ACIS 2018. Mali serves on the program committee of conferences such as HICSS, ACIS, and ACE, and regularly reviews for premier journals such as Journal of Systems and Software, MIS Quarterly, and Computer Science Education. 

She serves as the academic leader for the Masters of Service-Oriented Computing Programme - https://www.aut.ac.nz/study/study-options/engineering-computer-and-mathematical-sciences/courses/master-of-service-oriented-computing

Current Research Projects:

Planned current projects include:
  • Agile Requirements Engineering
  • Service-Oriented Requirements Engineering
  • Coordination effectiveness in distributed agile software development
  • Empirical investigation of DevOps implementation
  • OO Analysis and Design – investigating the gap between teaching and industry expectations


Selected Journal and Conference publications:

Senapathi, M., Buchan, J., & Osman, H. (2018). DevOps Capabilities, Practices, and Challenges: Insights from a Case Study. Paper forthcoming in Proceedings of the 22nd conference on the Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering, EASE’18, 28th & 29th June 2018, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Talukder, A.B.M., Senapathi, M., & Buchan, J. (2017): Coordination in Distributed Agile Software Development: A Systematic Review. Proceedings of the 28th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, 4th - 6th December, ACIS 2017, Hobart, Australia. 

Datt, S., Senapathi, M., & Mirza, F. (2017): IO Vision – An Integrated System to Support the Visually Impaired. Proceedings of the 28th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, 4th - 6th December, ACIS 2017, Hobart, Australia. 

Senapathi, M., & Drury-Grogan, M.L. (2017): Refining a Model for Sustained Usage of Agile Methodologies,  Journal of Systems and Software, 132, pp. 298-316. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2017.07.010

Senapathi, M., Srinivasan, A (2014): An Empirical Investigation of the Factors Affecting Agile Usage. EASE 2014, Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering, London, 13th  - 14th May, 2014, London, UK. doi:10.1145/2601248.2601253

Senapathi, M., Srinivasan, A (2013): Sustained Agile Usage: A Systematic Literature Review. EASE 2013, Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering, Brazil, 14th -16th April 2013. doi:10.1145/2460999.2461016

Senapathi, M., Drury-Grogan, M.L., and Srinivasan, A (2013) Agile Usage: Refining a Theoretical Model. Proceedings of the 17th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, Jeju Island, Korea, 18th - 22nd June 2013, PACIS 2013 http://aisel.aisnet.org/pacis2013/43

Senapathi, M., Srinivasan, A. (2012), Understanding Post-Adoptive Agile Usage: An Exploratory Cross-Case analysis, Journal of Systems and Software, Vol 85, No 6, pp. 255-1268. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2012.02.025

Senapathi M., Middleton P., Evans G. (2011) Factors Affecting Effectiveness of Agile Usage – Insights from the BBC Worldwide Case Study. In: Sillitti A., Hazzan O., Bache E., Albaladejo X. (eds) Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming. XP 2011. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, vol 77. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-20677-1_10

Senapathi, M. (2010) Adoption of Software Engineering Process Innovations: The Case of Agile Software Development Methodologies. In: Sillitti A., Martin A., Wang X., Whitworth E. (eds) Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming. XP 2010. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, vol 48. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-13054-0_23 


2017, Faculty Research Award, Design and Creative Technologies  

2013, Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Award