Last ARLES lecture, 30 Nov 5:30-7pm, will take place in seminar library in L15, 1-6, 7th floor (room 714-715)

IS 615 - Agility and Reuse in Large-Scale Enterprise Software Development


Degree Course MSc, Diploma
Lecturer Dr. Tobias Hildenbrand, Dr. Benjamin Blau and Rico Knapper
Contact hours per week 2
Grading optional 100% Written exam (60 min) or 1/3 Tata Workshop Topic Presentation and 2/3 Written Exam (60 min.)
Language of instruction English
Room L 15, 1-6, A 001
Time Wednesdays, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (from September 14, 2011)
Registration no
Recommended Prerequisites Attendance of IS 613 in the same semester is recommended
Tata Workshop Participation in obligatory. Please register before October 19th via the University Portal.
Additional information ILIAS


Enterprise software development entails large-scale, complex, and interdependent software products for different companies and industries. Hence, there is a trade-off between standardization and domain-specific software products. Moreover, growing global demand for software and increasing globalization of the software industry results in distributed settings with multiple locations, time zones, and cultures. However, Software Engineering, Infomation Systems Development as well as social and organizational sciences suggest possible solution approaches. Among these, lean and agile software development practices as well as managed reuse and software product lines are as of today increasingly adopted in the software industry.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the issues and challenges involved in enterprise software development
  • Understand and apply large-scale agile development based on lean principles
  • Understand and apply managed software reuse and product line strategies
  • Understand and evaluate the economics of standardization and sourcing decisions
  • Classify and evaluate the different conceptual, methodological, and technological approaches to realizing distributed collaboration in software projects efficiently
  • Evaluate state of the art software engineering methods and tools
  • Understand and explain particular success strategies recommended by practitioners

Business Talks


No. Date Topic Lecturer
1 14.09.2011 (1) Introduction: Lecture Overview, Organizational Issues Rico Knapper and Tobias Hildenbrand
14.09.2011 (2) GDSD Term Project Sven Scheibmayr and simfy
2 21.09.2011 Issues in distributed collaborative software development Tobias Hildenbrand
3 28.09.2011 Agile Software Product Development at SAP in the Context of Lean Tobias Hildenbrand, Christian Schmidkonz in at Scrum Day 2011 in Darmstadt
4 05.10.2011 LEAN management and Agile Requirements Engineering in Large-Scale Enterprise Software Development incl. Guest Lecture on Design Thinking Tobias Hildenbrand and Johannes Meyer, Hasso-Plattner-Institut / SAP AG
5 12.10.2011 Guest Lecture - Agile Development in Microsoft Developer Division Christian Binder (Microsoft)
6 19.10.2011 (1) Scaling Scrum in a start-up environment Matthias Schaadt (VP Engineering, simfy)
19.10.2011 (2) Halftime Summary & Outlook Rico Knapper
7 26.10.2011 Incentives, Business and collaboration models for outsourcing, offshoring, nearshoring Rico Knapper
8 02.11.2011 Tata Case Study: introduction / assignment Tata Consulting
9 09.11.2011 Platform- and Component-Based Development Approaches Rico Knapper
10 16.11.2011 Tata Case Study: Review Presentation
Location: N2 10, 4.OG
Tata Consulting
11 23.11.2011 Guest Lecture: Managed reuse of software components and software product lines at SAP Sebastian Speck/ Werner Aigner (Chief Dev Architects; SAP AG)
12 30.11.2011 Closing Session: revision and Q&A for exam Rico Knapper & Tobias Hildenbrand


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