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/td>
Contact hours per week 2 SWS
Grading Software development term project (100%)
Prerequisites Attendance of IS 615 in the same semester is recommended
Language English
Time Lecture: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 pm
Workshop 1: September 17, 10:00-18:00pm, in Heidelberg
Workshop 2: October 5, 10:00-18:00pm, in Heidelberg
Final presentation: November 9, 15:00-20:00pm, in Heidelberg
Room O142 and off-site (as required for workshops)
Contact Christian Süssenbach,
Registration, Schedule, Lecture Notes and Additional Information


This course is designed for master students of management or information systems. The participants are required to have programming skills in JAVA SE, at best Java EE and HTML5/CSS. Participating in the lecture IS 615 highly recommended but no formal prerequisite.

The goal of this term project is to develop a business model and 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 that can be directly applied in a term project.

The technology applied is SAP HANA Cloud Platform (HCP). The latest openSAP courses gives a profound introduction and advanced development practice on HCP. Moreover, state-of-the-art agile software engineering practices will be introduced in parallel as part of the IS 615 lecture. Subsequently, students will develop a real case software application in teams over five development sprints.

Agile software development and design thinking are based on iterative and close customer collaboration. For that purpose, we provide real 'customers' with whom the students run a design thinking workshop and iteratively develop an online fundraising application.

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.


No. Topic(s) Date
1 Kick-Off 10.09.2015
2 Workshop 1 Design Thinking 17.09.2015
3 Workshop 2 Business Model Development 05.10.2015
4 Sprint 1 Review 08.10.2015
5 Sprint 2 Review 15.10.2015
6 Sprint 3 Review 29.10.2015
7 Sprint 4 Review 05.11.2015
8 Final Presentation 09.11.2015