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: 12.09.2017 (15:30 - 17:00)
Workshop 1: 05.10.2017 (10:00 - 18:00)
Workshop 2: 06.10.2017 (10:00 - 18:00)
Lecture: Monday, 09.10.2017 (10:00 - 12:00) and Tuesday, 10.10.2017 until Friday, 13.10.2017 (each day from 15:30 - 17:00)
Final presentation: 27.10.2017 (13:00 - 15:30)
Block your Calendars on 05.11., 13.00 -17.00!
Room 001 Hörsaal L 9, 1-2 (except workshops)
Contact Christian Süssenbach,
Registration, Schedule, Lecture Notes and Additional Information

Directions to SAP

Address of the workshop room:
Walldorf, Dietmar-Hopp-Allee 20, Internationales Schulungszentrum / International Training Center (building WDF05)

Take an S-Bahn to Walldorf/Wiesloch train station and take bus 707/721 to "SAP-Schulungszentrum".
Print your QR code to get in.


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. Effort Management, Social Media Analytics, Rule-based Intelligent Automation, VIP Visitor Experience,  SAP HANA Express for Non-Profit Organizations and Orderpoint Management.

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 L 9, 1-2 - 001 15:30 - 17:00 12.09.2017
2 Workshop Design Thinking SAP in Walldorf 10:00 - 18:00 05.10.2017
3 Workshop Business Model Development SAP in Walldorf 10:00 - 18:00 06.10.2017
4 Workshop Lean Development & Scrum SAP in St. Leon-Rot Building ROT15 10:00 - 12:00 09.10.2017
5 Microsoft Guest Lecture L 9, 1-2, Room 001 15:30 - 17:00 19.10.2017
6 LEGO-Scrum & Sprint 1 Start SAP in St. Leon-Rot Building ROT15 15:30 - 17:00 10.10.2017
7 Sprint 1 Review SAP in Walldorf, Building WDF05 16:30 - 17:00 11.10.2017
8 Sprint 2 Review SAP in Walldorf, Building WDF05 15:30 - 17:00 12.10.2017
9 Sprint 3 Review SAP in Walldorf, Building WDF05 15:30 - 17:00 13.10.2017
10 Final Presentation SAP in St. Leon-Rot 13:00 - 15:30 27.10.2017