Dr Mali Senapathi

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Senior Lecturer

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.
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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 is a Senior Lecturer* in the School of IT and Software Engineering.

Mali teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses and supports effective student learning by designing and delivering courses using a mix of in-class experiential and activity-based learning, hybrid delivery, and traditional lectures.

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 regularly serves as an Associate Editor for the Agile Development and Project Management Tracks at reputed Information System Conferences such as ICIS, ECIS, and PCIS. She is also the Co-Chair of the Agile Project Management (SIG ITProjMgmt) track at AMCIS (2018 - 2020) and regularly reviews for premier journals such as Journal of Systems and Software, MIS Quarterly, and Computer Science Education.

*A Senior Lecturer is equivalent to a tenured Associate Professor in the United States of America.

Current Research Projects:

Planned current projects include:

  • Kanban in Software Engineering
  • Digital transformation and Agile Software Development in large organisations
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Coordination effectiveness in distributed agile software development
  • Empirical investigation of DevOps implementation
  • IoT in Computer Science Education


Selected Journal and Conference publications:

Thomas, M., Senapathi, M. (2019): Agile Requirements Engineering: An Empirical Analysis and Evidence from a Tertiary Education Context, Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology.   Volume 16, pp 97-112, https://doi.org/10.28945/4286

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, arXiv:1907.10201v1, 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

Senapathi, M., (2005), A Framework for the Evaluation of CASE Tool learnability in Educational Environments, Journal of Information Technology Education (JITE), Vol 4, 2005, pp 61-84, https://doi.org/10.28945/265

Senapathi, M., (2004), Restructuring an Undergraduate Database Management Course for Business Students, Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology, Volume 1, 2004, pp. 0573-0583, https://doi.org/10.28945/761


2017, Faculty Research Award, Design and Creative Technologies

2013, Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Award

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