Topic Contemporary Aspects of IT, Software and Software Portfolio Governance
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl and Research Assistants
Contact hours per week 2 SWS, conducted as a block seminar
Certificate Seminarschein
ECTS 4 (Weighting of the Final Grade: 70% Paper, 20% Presentation, 10% Discussion)
Prerequisite Wifo I - III
Date 03. December 2009, 10:30 - 12:30
Location t.b.a.
Registration closed, late registrations are welcomed: Please contact Sebastian Stuckenberg and hand in a list of three preferred topics. Please note that your preferred topics may not be chosen as the official registration period is already over and topics have already been assigned. The paper submission deadline will NOT be changed. The earlier you register, the more time you have.
Contact Sebastian Stuckenberg

Important dates

  • <b>Info session:</b> June 25, 2009; 12 pm (L15, 1-6; Room 715)
  • <b>Registration period:</b> From June 8, 2009 until June 30, 2009
  • <b>Topic and tutor assignment:</b> July 6, 2009
  • <b>Paper submission:</b> October 30, 2009
  • <b>Seminar session:</b> December 3, 2009, 10:30am - 12:30 pm


  • <LINK _blank>Mandatory Guidelines</LINK> (Richtlinien_Stand_12.06.2007.pdf)


The primary objective of the seminar is to analyze information systems development and use from different perspectives. The secondary objective is to provide students with techniques of scientific writing in a practical setting. Important aspects are the evaluation, structuring, and classification of existing research work and the presentation of a detailed and thorough overview of the current state of the art. In addition, scientific work also includes the creation of new knowledge. The participation in the seminar can be regarded as an important preliminary step towards a successful completion of the bachelor thesis. The language of the seminar is English.

The seminar is subdivided into the following tracks.

Track 1: Portfolio Strategies  
Track 2: Business Solutions & Technologies  
Track 3: IT Processes

Process Milestones to be Validated With Tutor

  • Literature Review
  • Rough Concept
  • Detailed Concept of Content and Structure
  • Final Paper
  • Slides for Final Presentation
  • Comprehensive Feedback / Lessons Learned for Bachelor Thesis 



Track 1:

  • 1.1: Methods and Tools for Process and Portfolio Governance in Large Software Corporations (Betreuer: Sebastian Stuckenberg) 
  • 1.2: Methods and Tools of Strategic Product Portfolio Management in Large Software Corporations (Betreuer: Erik Hemmer) 

Track 2:

  • 2.1: Approaches to quality governance in agile and lean software development scenarios (Betreuer: Sven Scheibmayr) 
  • 2.2: Measuring and improving software process maturity according to lean development principles (Betreuer: Lars Klimpke) 
  • 2.3: Methods and tools for effective and efficient verification and tracking of standard software requirements (Betreuer: Lars Klimpke) 

Track 3:

  • 3.1: Evaluating existing methods for integrating IT organizations and processes after mergers and acquisitions (Betreuer: Miroslav Lazic) 
  • 3.2: Evaluation of process- versus functional-oriented reporting for IT organizations (Betreuer: Miroslav Lazic)   
  • 3.3: Benchmarking of IT processes: Evaluation of methods and approaches and how to initiate improvement cycles (Betreuer: Erik Hemmer)  
  • 3.4: Evaluation of existing models for process maturity evaluation  (Betreuer: Sebastian Stuckenberg)   


  • The literature review should be done by students independently.
  • The review shall include electronic literature sources offered by the University of Mannheim (Rechercheportal)  as well as sources available on the internet.
  • An overview of literature sources is available here