Research Group for Applied Software Engineering
Forschungsgruppe für Angewandte Softwaretechnik


Typ: Hauptseminar / Masterseminar IN0014, IN2107, IN8901, IN4562
Semesterwochenstunden: 2+0 

Hauptseminar: Agile Techniques for Project Management and Software Engineering - SoSe 13


Today's software projects present many challenges. The organization is distributed, developers are often spread around the globe, the requirements are changing rapidly and the time from problem formation to delivery has been shortened significantly.

The goal of the seminar is a better understanding of these challenges and how they can be addressed by software project management techniques. We focus on agile project management techniques in the context of managing the development of complex software systems in the context of rapid change. The course is offered to highly motivated students interested in learning about software project management and applying new technologies in addressing some of its challenges.

The seminar consists of two components, presentations and exercises.

The seminar component focuses on the presentation of recent advances in management and technology with respect to the management of large complex software development projects. The topics for the presentations are selected from the current literature on agile technology. 

The goal of the exercise component is to deepen the understanding of the concepts discussed in the seminar component. Each seminar participant has to design and lead an exercise involving agile management techniques which is performed by the other seminar participants.

The seminar language is usually English (can change to German if all participants are familiar with it!).


Preliminary talk / Info meeting
Date and Time: 29.01.2012  2:00 - 2:30 pm Room: 01.013.007

Kick-Off meeting
23.04. at 9:00 - 11:00 am

Presentation Dates
each 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

  • 24.05. Topics 2,5,10
  • 07.06. Topics 3,6,9


max. 8 participants


  • Please send your application until the kick-off date via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Name, Email, Matrikel number, Master/Bachelor & Major)
  • Give your topic choice (if topics are already defined)

Assignment of the open places to students:
In general we will assign the open places as well as the topics first come first serve according to the order of application. The list below shows your rank in this order. If you are among the top 8, your participation is assured. Who will actually participate will be decided at the kick-off meeting. People who do not attend this meeting cannot participate in the seminar.


You will get a certificate with a grade based on the following criteria:

  • Ability to do independent research (required reading - most are available at TUM Bibliothek + min. 3 other scientific sources)
  • Oral presentation (45 minutes) about the selected topic as well as an exercise on the selected topic (15-30 minutes)
  • Best Of Sheet (One page summing up the most important facts of the presented topic)
  • Quality of the presentation techniques
  • Quality of the presentation slides
  • Quality of written term paper (between 5-8 pages text, using a given format, Latex or Word) Please use the templates of the ICSE 2013 Conference, which can be found here:
  • ACTIVE participation at all the other presentations and the Kick-Off meeting (compulsory attendance)


1) Latest 2 weeks before your presentation you have to have an appointment with one of the seminar leaders in which you show a first draft of your presentation

2) Hand in all material at the date of your presentation (Paper, Presentation, Exercise in PDF format). Send via mail to your supervisor. Further bring one printed copy of the paper to your presentation.


Desired Outcome

In this seminar you will learn how to:

  • Deal with projects where change occurs rapidly
  • Effectively manage unknown or changing product requirements
  • Deal with self-organizing development teams
  • Get acquainted with project planning in agile environments
  • Build and release products in short cycles
  • Agile meeting management
  • Deal with large-scale projects involving teams from different geographic locations


  • Topics are assigned first come first serve according to the order of application (can be taken from the waiting list). The assignment takes place in the kick-off!

  • Required Readings: Most of the required readings are available at the TUM Bibliothek 



Required Readings


Presentation Date

2) Agile Manifesto and beyond - what does it say and where is it going

Christopher Kohl

Agile software development: Current Research and Future Directions, T. Dingsoyr/ T. Dyba/ N. Brede Moe, Springer


Agile software development ecosystems, James A. Highsmith



24.05. - First

3) From self-organizing teams to hyperteams - how to get them and in which context are they useful

Bernhard Perun



07.06. - Third

5) Scrum and Kanban - what is it all about: similarities, differences & best for

Jing Lee


Agile Projekte mit Scrum, XP und Kanban im Unternehmen durchführen - Erfahrungsberichte aus der Praxis
Hrsg./Bearb.: Wolf, Henning


24.05. - Second

6) Fixed price agile projects - Can it be done? What are the alternatives?

Hosein Ibna Bashar

Pascal Van Cauwenberghe. Agile Fixed Price Projects part 2: Do you want agi- lity with that?



07.06. -Second

9) Agile User Experience and Interaction Design


+ Required Readings of last semester


07.06. - First

10) Test-Driven Development - is it as good as it seems?

Mohammad Zaifullah

Required Readings of last semester


24.05. - Third


Bernd Bruegge
Prof. Bernd Brügge, Ph.D.


Michaela Gluchow
Miriam Schmidberger
Miriam Schmidberger