IS613 - Applied Project in Design Thinking and Lean Software Development


Degree Course Mannheim Master in Management, M.Sc. Wirtschaftspädagogik, M.Sc. Wirtschaftsinformatik, Diplom BWL, Diplom Wirtschaftsinformatik, M.Sc. VWL
Lecturer Christian Süssenbach, Dr. Thomas Kude
Contact hours per week 2
Grading Software development term project
Language of instruction English
Credits 6 ECTS
Room O 142 and off-site
Time Thursdays, 5:15-6:45pm (parts will be conducted as workshops)
First Lecture September 11, 2014, 3:30-5:00 pm, Room O 142
Registration LINK
Recommended Prerequisites Attendance of IS 615 in the same semester is recommended
Additional information Ilias

Lecture Description

The goal of this term project is to collaboratively develop a concept and design as well as to implement a software application to solve a real world problem in a student development team environment. We offer a project-based class with hands-on experience on applying Scrum, agile software engineering practices as well as design thinking. Students will learn innovative software product design and development, which can be directly applied in a term project. The used technology will be SAP HANA Cloud Platform (HCP). The latest openSAP courses will give a profound introduction and advanced development practice on HCP. Moreover, state-of-the-art agile software engineering practices will be introduced as part of the parallel lecture IS 615. After that, the students will develop a real case software application in teams over five bi-weekly development sprints. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to apply design thinking for developing customer-centered applications
  • Improve software engineering skills with industry-leading SAP technology
  • Understand how to apply Scrum and state-of-the-art software engineering methods and tools
  • Understand the difficulties involved in team-based software development
  • Improve the ability to work in teams


  • Participating in IS 615 is highly recommended, but no formal prerequisite
  • The class requires Java SE programming skills; Java EE skills are optional
  • Students need to apply for this class; seats are limited. Registration link is below (only within the University Network or via VPN-connection)



  • Applied project (IS 613) registration:
  • DTLD Lecture (IS 615) registration:
  • Design Thinking Pilot Project Information: <link ""></link>
  • HANA Cloud Platform (Introduction Next Steps): <link ""></link>
  • HANA Cloud Platform (developer community):
  • BIG DATA Truck event registration: <link ""></link>