Topic Global, Distributed Software Development and Maintenance
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl and Research Assistants
Corporate host SAP Research
Contact hours per week 2 SWS, conducted as a block seminar
Certificate Seminarschein
ECTS 5 (only for foreign program-students)
Prerequisite Vordiplom (or comparable degree) and at least 4 completed Wifo-modules
Date May 21, 2008
Location SAP Research (t.b.a.)
Registration on this page
Contact Tobias Hildenbrand, Thomas Kude

Paper Submission Process

  • Please submit via email until April 30, 23:59 pm to, your advisor and
  • Hand in two printed copies of your thesis until Monday, May 5 at the Department Office S221 within office hours

Important Dates

  • <b>Registration deadline:</b> January 13, 2008 (via internet).
  • <b>Topic assignment:</b> January 16, 2008 (via internet)
  • <b>Paper Submission:</b> April 30, 2008
  • <b>Seminar session:</b> May 21, 2008


  • <LINK>Seminar_FSS08_Agenda.pdf</LINK> (Updated May 16, 2008)
  • <LINK>Seminar_FSS08_Global_Distributed_Software.pdf</LINK>
  • <LINK>Seminar_FSS08_How_to_find_WDF01.pdf</LINK>


The primary objective of the seminar is to offer insights about different perspectives on global, distributed software development and maintanance. The secondary objective is to train students on behalf of the necessary techniques for scientific work along 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 diploma thesis.

The seminar is subdivided into the following tracks.

Track 1: Industrialization of the Software Development Process
Track 2: Coordination of Inter-Organizational IS Development Processes
Track 3: International Distribution of Software Development and Maintenance
Track 4: Requirements and Traceability Management in Distributed Software Development and Maintenance


1.1 Software is Different! Is it? - Comparing Patterns of Software Development and Industrial Production (SAP Research)

1.2 Exploring the Boundaries of Industrialization. How far can Development be Industrialized? (SAP Research)

1.3 Modern Management Concepts in Software Development/Production - The Status Quo (SAP Research)

1.4 Six Sigma in Software Development - Hardware yes, Software no? (SAP Research)

2.1 Coordination Mechanisms for Inter-Organizational IS Development Networks (Thomas Kude)

2.2 The Determinants of Problem and Customer Specificity and its Impact on Distributed IS Development (Thomas Kude)

2.3 A Social Network Analysis-Approach to Inter-Organizational IS Development Networks (Thomas Kude)

2.4 An Evaluation of Community Platforms in Software Ecosystems (Thomas Kude)

3.1 The Ability of Collaboration Tools to Substitute Communication in Globally Distributed Software Projects (Jens Dibbern)

3.2 Opportunities for Achieving ‘Common Ground’ and Facilitating Knowledge Transfer in Offshored Projects (Jessica Winkler)

3.3 Agile vs. Structured Approaches to Internationally Distributed Software Projects (Prof. Heinzl)

4.1 Requirements and Traceability Management Productivity in Different Distributed Development Contexts (Tobias Hildenbrand)

4.2 Explaining Possible Productivity Gains through Collaborative Requirements and Traceability Management Approache (Tobias Hildenbrand)

4.3 A Quantitative Approach to Analyzing Artifact-Stakeholder Relationships in Traceability Networks (Tobias Hildenbrand)

4.4 Evaluating and Measuring Traceability as Quality Criterion in Requirements Management Processes (Tobias Hildenbrand)