IS613 - Applied Project in Design Thinking and Lean Software Development

Degree Course Mannheim Master in Management (M.Sc.), master's program in Economic and Business Education (M.Sc.), Business Informatics (M.Sc.), Diplom program in Business Administration and in Business Informatics
Lecturer Christian Süssenbach
Credit Hours 2
Grading Software development term project (100%)
Prerequisites Attendance of IS 615 in the same semester is recommended
Language of Instruction English
Time Kick-Off Meeting: September 15 (together with IS 615), 3:30pm - 5:00pm, O142
Lecture: Thursdays, 3:30pm - 5:00pm (parts will be conducted as workshops)
Workshop 1: September 19 (St. Leon-Rot at SAP), 10:00am - 6:00pm
Workshop 2: September 27 (St. Leon-Rot at SAP), 10:00am - 6:00pm
Final presentation: November 10 (St. Leon-Rot at SAP)
Room O142
Contact Christian Süssenbach,
Registration, Schedule, Lecture Notes and Additional Information

Directions to SAP

Address of the workshop room: SAP-Allee 13a / Raiffeisenring 13a, St. Leon-Rot


This course is designed for students of the Mannheim Master in Management or the master's program in Business Informatics. 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 is 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 may be SAP HANA Cloud Platform (HCP). The latest openSAP courses give 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 several development sprints.

Agile software development and design thinking are based on iterative and close customer collaboration. Therefore we provide real 'customers' with whom the students run a design thinking workshop and iteratively develop applications about a topic e.g. internet-of-things, ride-sharing or mailing-automation.

Aim of Module

  • 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) Location Time Date
1 Kick-Off O 142 15:30 – 17:00 15.09.2016
2 Workshop 1 Design Thinking St. Leon-Rot 10:00 – 17:00 19.09.2016
3 Lean Development & Scrum O 142 15:30 – 17:00 22.09.2016
4 Workshop 2 Business Model Development St. Leon-Rot 10:00 – 17:00 27.09.2016
5 LEGO-Scrum & Sprint 1 Start O 142 15:30 – 17:00 29.09.2016
6 Sprint 1 Review O 142 15:30 – 17:00 13.10.2016
6 Sprint 2 Review O 142 15:30 – 17:00 27.10.2016
6 Sprint 3 Review O 142 15:30 – 17:00 17.11.2016
8 Final Presentation SAP Apphaus 15:00 – 20:00 25.11.2016