All students that graduate the academy will start on a real world project in week 9 and 10. It's a great working experience. Students get to manage a project for a real client and it's the first distinctive project on a graduate's portfolio.
Teams mostly consist of 3 to 4 developers, working closely with a real company and with a product owner that offers an exciting project to work on from start to finish.
A senior designer and product manager will bring in the project, will prepare most of the project briefing together with the client; so that the developers can hit the ground running.
This is what the schedule looks, and what is expected of the company.
- Kick off will be on a Monday,
- For the whole first week there will be a sprint and opportunity for a lot of feedback,
- The second there will be another short sprint where everything is finished.
- On the Wednesday or Thursday of the second week there's a demo day; everyone involved is expected to attend.
The project is free of direct costs, it's purely meant to experience a great finished project for a real client. There can be costs for hosting the student or offering specific tools or gifts.
It's not the goal of the project, but in most cases a company is interested to hire one or more of the graduates. As a company this has an advantage, because you're already in talks with a graduate, and you could skip the assignment phase for hiring.
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Want to know more about which projects were built, and how things work as a schedule, read on after the link.