IS613 - Applied Project in Design Thinking and Lean Software Development

(formerly: Globally Distributed Software Development Term Project)

This course is designed for master students of management or information systems. The participants are not required to have programming skills. However, a basic understanding of how information systems can support business processes and functions. Participating in lecture IS615 as well as experiences with Powerpoint or other presentation tools are preferred.


Degree Course MSc, Diploma
Lecturer Christoph Schmidt
Contact hours per week 2
Grading Software development term project
Language of instruction English
Room L15, 1-6, A001
Credits 6 ECTS
First Lecture September 12, 2012, 5:30-7:00pm, L15, 1-6, Room A 001 (with IS 615 )
Lecture Thursdays 5:15pm - 6:45pm, L15, 1-6, A001
Time Introductory Session: During the first lecture of IS 615.
Registration Please register HERE until Sept 16th .
Recommended Prerequisites Attendance of IS 615 in the same semester is recommended
Complementary Management Course There is a close cooperation with the Chair of Prof. Woywode. Please also take a look at the following lecture for complementary contents:
MAN 631 Creativity and Entrepreneurship in Practice
ILIAS Course Page Please see ILIAS course page for further information.


The goal of this term project is to collaboratively develop a concept, design and software to solve a real world problem in a student development team environment. In close collaboration with BASF, we offer a project-based lecture with hands-on experience for lean principles and design thinking. Students will learn innovative product and process design for software development which then can directly applied in joint exercise sessions together with the Risk Management department of BASF.
Participants will apply state of the art design thinking, software engineering methods in small teams in order to understand and manage particular issues of collaborative software design and development. Moreover, students will gain experience on design thinking, lean development, and lean start-up methods as taught in IS 615.
The used technology will depend on students’ skills and experience. Development skills are not necessarily required, but helpful to participate in this class. Prototypes might be developed with technology as server application to connect it to mobile device applications or paper-based for non developers.

Learning objectives

  • Learn how to apply design principles for developing customer oriented applications
  • Understand the difficulties involved in distributed software development team efforts
  • Experience the difficulties in a practical lean software development setting
  • Learn how to deal with the challenges in distributed software development teams
  • Improve software engineering skills
  • Improve the ability to work in teams
  • Use state of the art software engineering methods and tools