IS 615 - Design Thinking and Lean Development in Enterprise Software Development (DTLD)


Degree Course Mannheim Master in Management, M.Sc. Wirtschaftspädagogik, M.Sc. Wirtschaftsinformatik, Diplom BWL, Diplom Wirtschaftsinformatik, M.Sc. VWL
Lecturer Dr. Tobias Hildenbrand
Grading Written exam (80%) and Group work (20%)
Language of instruction English
Credits 6 ECTS
Room O 142
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 IS 530, IS 550, IS 551. Attendance of IS 613 the same semester is recommended
Additional information ILIAS

Lecture Description

Enterprise software development revolves around complex and interdependent software products for different companies, lines of business and industries. Hence, there is an inherent trade-off between standard software and domain-specific software solutions. Software companies thus have to keep track of various heterogeneous and possibly conflicting market requirements that are subject to changes and updates in ever shorter release cycles. This trade-off becomes even more relevant in the context of the current trend towards cloud-based delivery of enterprise software. However, it is essential for every enterprise software company to be able to build meaningful solutions efficiently, i.e. building right things right. To be able to do so in the long run, large software companies have been elaborating good practices to ensure both, efficient development processes and innovative product ideas, in the context of established and possibly hindering corporate standards and requirements.

Design Thinking, lean management and agile software engineering practices are increasingly adopted and intertwined in large-scale software development organizations. So, the goal of this lecture is to convey profound industry experience and theoretical background together with practical application based on concrete enterprise software challenges in the IS 613 course. The course includes both, lecture and workshop formats. Hence, combining this lecture with IS 613 as related term project is highly recommended.

Learning objectives

  • Understand current issues and challenges involved in enterprise software development
  • Understand and apply large-scale agile development based on lean principles
  • Understand and apply Design Thinking and related innovation practices
  • Understand and evaluate business models for enterprise software companies and products
  • Understand and apply how to bring all of this together in a large-scale corporate environment
  • Understand and evaluate state of the art agile software engineering practices
  • Understand and explain particular success strategies recommended by practitioners
  • Understand how to build a start-up and scale a software company towards an enterprise


  • Participating in IS 613 is highly recommended, but no formal prerequisite.
  • A good understanding of both, software engineering and business administration.
  • Participation in openHPI Design Thinking MOOC (1 Sep - 14 Oct 2014):
  • Students need to apply for this class; seats are limited. Registration link is below (only within the University Network or via VPN-connection)



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