Design Thinking and Lean Software Development

IS 615 for Master's program

General Information

Fall 2018/2019
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Tobias Schimmer and Philipp Hoffmann
Course Format Lecture and Case Study
Credit Points 6 ECTS
Language English
Grading Written exam (80%) and case study (20%)
Exam Date 08.10.2019 (60 Minutes)
Information for Students Limited to 32 participants. Application opens on 19.08.2019, Schedule: Portal2,
Course material: Ilias
Philipp Hoffmann, M.Sc.

Philipp Hoffmann, M.Sc.

Contact person Design Thinking and Lean Development in Enterprise Software Development

For further information please contact Philipp Hoffmann.

    Course Information

  • Brief Description

    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
  • Lecture

    Lecturer Prof. Dr. Tobias Schimmer und Philipp Hoffmann
    Comment Attendance of IS 613 in the same semester is recommended
    Address Workshop tba


    Date Time Topic Room
    Do, 12.09.2019 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm Kick-Off incl. Customer-Centered Product Innovation Basics 001 Hörsaal L 9, 1-2, Erdgeschoss
    Di, 17.09.2019 10.00 am - 6.00 pm Workshop Lean Development and Agile Engineering SAP
    Do, 19.09.2019 10.00 am - 5.00 pm Workshop Design Thinking & Product Design SAP App House Heidelberg
    Fr, 20.09.2019 10.00 am - 5.00 pm Workshop Business Innovation SAP App House Heidelberg
    tba tba Guest Lecture tba
    Di, 08.10.2019 6.00 pm - 7.00pm Final Exam SO 108 Hörsaal (Schloss Schneckenhof Ost)
  • 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).