Master’s Degree Program in Business Information Systems
With over 13,000 students and around 70 degree programs, the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) in Berlin is one of the largest and most important universities in the German capital. The Business Information Systems degree program is regularly ranked among the top three in its class in national rankings. Major contributing factors include close contact with commercial enterprises and software manufacturers, the employment of lecturers with professional experience in the field, and the use of modern tools.
Requirements Management for Online Shops
Berlin university students learn Meisterplan as an extension for their graduate school program. The Master’s degree program in Business Information Systems is using Meisterplan in the current summer semester. In the practical application course “Requirements and Change Management,” the 21 students gain practical experience primarily by focusing on a typical example from the world of online commerce. They are expected to develop and launch a new online shop for a specific product line within an existing system landscape.
Professional Value-Added Focus: Requirements from Portfolio Planning to the User Story
From the perspective of requirements management, the students experienced a software development project in a condensed amount of time, from project initiation to detail management and associated user stories, process models, mock-ups, as well as test cases. For the would-be requirements analysts, their project starts with the initiation as part of the portfolio planning of the model eCommerce company, then proceeds to a brief foundation, and finishes with agile implementation and quality assurance.
Course participants assume roles as product owners, business analysts, and requirements engineers and develop requirements with appropriate granularity for the respective phases in the project life cycle.
Requirements Management as an Agile Process over the Entire Project Cycle
As a lecturer, it is especially important to me that the students do not stumble into functional details without a plan or objective, but rather that they learn that requirements management is a key contributor to success involving a coordinated technical scope, clear objectives, stakeholder analysis, and system delimitation.
For this reason, students had already created project profiles and orders and a rough increment and resource plan at the beginning of the semester. The students integrated their project in a simulated portfolio plan in Meisterplan. Key project characteristics were stored as customer fields for use as filters or portfolio delimiters in the course of the planning. Further project details for the portfolio plan were briefly summarized in profiles and linked directly from Meisterplan. The students planned all relevant roles for their project and allocated necessary resources.
University Students Learn Meisterplan: End of Semester
In the meantime, the project has made substantial progress for the five teams, and initial results have been presented. I wish all participants success with their final exams.
Jens Hirschinger, Lecturer at HTW Berlin
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