Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Hasso Plattner

SWT II - Agile Software Development in Large Teams

Scaling Agile Development

In the course Software Engineering II, you will learn how to manage a long-running software project with a large number of developers. We want to prepare you for a situation where you are in a leading position and responsible for a large piece of software. You will learn methods, concepts, and technologies that help successfully delivering large software products developed by multiple teams.

While still not on par with large enterprise projects, SWT2 is the only lecture in the curriculum that allows you to gain experience in a software development setting larger than in the bachelor's project.

Learning experience

Participants form teams of 5-8 people. All teams will work collaboratively on the same software, handling all tasks from requirements engineering to design and implementation and organization of their teams. All Scrum roles, including Product Owner (who talks to the customer) and Scrum Master (responsible for supporting the team) are performed by team members.

This year, we are happy to have a system administrator as a customer for the project. SWT II participants will develop a system to manage and administrate virtualized hardware resources for end users, such as VMs and storage.

We will teach you how to apply the Scrum methodology in a multi-team setting. Over the course of the semester, you will conduct 4 sprints à 2-3 weeks each in your development teams, guided by student tutors. The theory taught in the lecture can be applied directly in the accompanying project. This course focuses on agile methods and concepts and their application.

The developed software is hosted on Github and will be available as an open-source project after the course closes.

If the number of participants is too low (i.e., < 10 people), only a single development team will be formed and focus will shift towards scalability of the developed application.

Learning Targets

After this course, all students should have

  1.  experience with Scrum and all of its artefacts and meetings
  2.  learned how to scale Scrum over multiple collaborating teams
  3.  the ability to use BDD and TDD where appropriate
  4.  confidence with branching and merging in a source code management (SCM) system
  5.  experienced the value of continuous integration (CI)
  6.  learned to critically self-assess their role in a team


The final grading is determined by

  • 30%: oral / written exam
  • 45%: usage of presented methods and concepts such as Scrum, BDD, TDD, SCM, and CI
  • 25%: software development results (team mark)

Completion of the introductory exercise is mandatory for passing the course.


The exam is scheduled for Feb 14th and 18th 2019

Getting Started

  • Bookmark the public calendar
  • Sign-up on Slack and the mailing lists (see the "Useful Links" section in the top right)
  • Enroll!

Introductory Exercise

(Product Owners are exempt from this exercise)

Deadline for the exercise is Nov 9, 15:00 pm CET

Course Materials

The slides in pdf format are linked to in the sidebar under "Course Material"