IS 615 - Design Thinking and Lean Development in Enterprise Software Development (DTLD)

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 Dr. Tobias Schimmer (geb. Hildenbrand)
Credit Hours 2
Grading Written exam (80%) and group work (20%)
Prerequisites IS 530, IS 550, IS 551. Attendance of IS 613 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)
Final presentation: 27.10.2017 (13:00 - 15:30)
Exam: 02.11.2017 (15:30 - 16:30)
Block your Calendars on 05.11., 13.00 -17.00!
Room 001 Hörsaal L 9, 1-2 (except workshops) Exam: A5, 6, Building B, Room B 243
Contact Tobias Schimmer,
Registration, Schedule, Lecture Notes and Additional Information
  • Registration required, limited to 64 participants
  • Participating in IS 613 is highly recommended, but no formal prerequisite.
  • A good understanding of both software engineering and business administration.
  • Participation in openSAP Design Thinking MOOC:
  • Review of the openSAP Business Model Innovation MOOC content:
  • Students need to apply for this module, seats are limited. Registration via "Anmeldemodul" (course registration mandatory) in Portal2 (in contrast to the last year, you are not to register via the registration tool anymore. You have to register centrally via Portal2)

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Enterprise software development revolves around complex and interdependent software products for different companies, lines of business and industries. For enterprise software companies there is an inherent trade-off between standard software and domain-specific software solutions when it comes to scaling. Software companies thus have to keep track of various heterogeneous and possibly conflicting market requirements that are subject to changes and updates in ever shorter release cycles. This trade-off becomes even more relevant in the context of the current mega trend towards cloud-based delivery of enterprise software. However, it is essential for every enterprise software company to be able to build meaningful solutions efficiently, i.e. building right things right.

To be able to do so in the long run, software companies have been elaborating good practices to ensure both innovative product ideas and efficient development processes. However, the larger the software companies the more elaborate corporate standards and processes have been established – often hindering innovation. In order to address the innovators’ dilemma, Business Model Innovation, Design Thinking, Lean Management and Agile Software Engineering practices are adopted and intertwined in large-scale software development organizations. 

The goal of this lecture is to convey profound industry experience and academic background paired with its practical application based on concrete enterprise software challenges in the parallel IS 613 project (combining this lecture with the project is highly recommended). The course includes lecture and full-day workshop formats. 

Aim of Module

  • Understand current issues and challenges involved in enterprise software development
  • Understand and apply large-scale agile development based on lean principles
  • Understand and apply Design Thinking and Business Model Innovation practices
  • Understand and evaluate business models for enterprise software companies and products
  • Understand and apply how to bring all of this together in a large-scale corporate environment
  • Understand and evaluate state of the art agile software engineering practices
  • Understand and explain particular success strategies recommended by practitioners
  • Understand how to build a start-up and scale a software company towards an enterprise


No. Topic(s) Location Time Date
1 Kick-Off L 9, 1-2, Room 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 Final Presentation SAP in St. Leon-Rot 13:00 - 15:30 27.10.2017
7 Exam A5, 6, Building B, Room B 243 15:30 - 16:30 02.11.2017