Applied Project in Design Thinking and Lean Software Development

IS 613 for Master's program

General Information

Fall 2018/2019
Lecturer Christian Süssenbach and Prof. Dr. Tobias Schimmer
Course Format Lecture and Case Study
Credit Points 6 ECTS
Language English
Grading Software development term project
Exam Date -
Information for Students Limited to 32 participants. Application is activated from the 19th of August, Schedule: Portal2,
Course material: Ilias
Philipp Hoffmann, M.Sc.

Philipp Hoffmann, M.Sc.

Contact person Applied Project in Design Thinking and Lean Software Development

For further information please contact Philipp Hoffmann.

    Course Information

  • Brief Description

    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 of an industry partner (in HWS 2018 i.a. the Robert Bosch GmbH) 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.
  • Lecture

    Lecturer Christian Süssenbach and Prof. Dr. Tobias Schimmer
    Comment Attendance of IS 615 in the same semester is recommended

    The course IS 615 must have been successfully passed in a previous semester or on the 01.10.2019! Without passed exam in IS 615 no course participation is possible!


    Date Time topic Room
    Do, 14.09.2019 (IS 615) 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm Kick-Off ncl. Customer-Centered Product Innovation Basics O142 Engelhorn Hörsaal (Schloss Ostflügel)
    Di, 17.09.2019 (IS 615) 10.00 am - 6.00 pm Workshop Lean Development and Agile Engineering (Sprint 1) SAP
    Do, 19.09.2019 (IS 615) 10.00 am - 5.00 pm Workshop Design Thinking & Product Design SAP AppHouse Heidelberg
    Fr, 20.09.2019 (IS 615) 10.00 am - 5.0 0pm Workshop Business Innovation SAP AppHouse Heidelberg
    Mo, 14.10.2019 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm Sprint 1 Room 008.2 (in B6, 30-32)
    Mo, 21.10.2019 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm Sprint 2 Room 008.2 (in B6, 30-32)
    Mo, 28.10.2019 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm Sprint 3 Room 008.2 (in B6, 30-32)
    Mo, 04.11.2019 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm Sprint 4 Room 008.2 (in B6, 30-32)
    tba tba Guest Lecture: tba tba
    Do, 14.11.2019 2.00 pm - 6.00 pm Final Presentation Raum 008.2 (in B6, 30-32)
  • Application

    Applications are only possible by applying over our chair's application tool (accessible inside the university network or per VPN only). If you are applying for IS 613 and IS 615, one application is sufficient but indicate that you're applying for both courses. Only within the period listed below is an application possible!

    Application period: 19.08.19 - 05.09.19


    •  Short cover letter (1-2 paragraphs) about your motivation and your previous experience in software development
    • Curriculum vitae and study results (transcript of records)

    This page will be updated as soon as changes occur. Confirmations will be sent on Monday, September 09, 2019. Cancellation is possible until September 12, 2018 (after the kick-off event).

    Reminder: The course IS 615 must have been successfully passed in a previous semester or on the 08.10.2019! Without passed exam in IS 615 no course participation is possible!