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Module 500430: Planspiel Web Engineering (WS 2020/2021)

Module 500430
Planspiel Web Engineering (WS 2020/2021)

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This site contains all important information about the module.




If you have any questions concerning this course or the exam as a participant, please contact us via OPAL.

We also offer a Feedback system, where you can provide anonymous feedback for a partiular session to the presenter on what you liked or where we can improve.


  • The first lecture will be held on Wednesday, 21 Oct 2020. You can join the lecture via Zoom. The access code was sent to you as a course participant in advance via OPAL.
  • You have to register for the Planspiel in order to participate. See details below.
  • The first pitch will take place on Monday, 16 Nov 2020, from 17:15, via Zoom


This module belongs to the master course Web Engineering. It is the module 500430 Planspiel Web Engineering and is scheduled for semester 2/4 (winter semester). We strongly recommend to take the module 500420 Vorbereitungsseminar Planspiel Web Engineering beforehand as it provides necessary knowledge for preparation.


Main meeting:

Wednesday, 11:30 - 13:00, via Zoom.

Additional session:

Monday, 17:15 - 20:30, via Zoom.

Tuesday, 17:15 - 20:30, via Zoom.


Participation is only possible after registration in OPAL.

Registration opens on 15th Oct 2020 12:00 and ends on 21th Oct 2020 at 23:59.

Topics & Teams

The Microservices Demo.
Blockchain Application Development
Research Information Management

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we choose our own topic?
No. A set of topics will be provided by the VSR professorship. Then you and your team can choose a topic and develop your own business idea.

Whom can we ask for support?
Each topic will be supported by an Expert (Advisor), which is one of the VSR staff members.

What do we have to do in order to develop our own business idea?
First, you and your team need to choose one of the topics. Then you have to work as a team (brainstorms, team meeting, survey...) and apply the design thinking methodology from the first lectures. to develop your own business idea based on your team's topic.

What happens, if our idea does not work or if we get new requirements?
We simulate a real-world scenario. So you should anticipate changes. You can discuss this with your team's Advisor or the Professor to find an appropriate solution.

Do I have to pitch in each session?
There are 3 mandatory pitches (1st, 2nd and final Pitch). However, there are maybe other additional pitches during the semester. All the pitches' date and time will be announced in advance. Therefore, you and your team need to be ready for the pitches.

In the first pitch, do we have to present our topic, our company or our idea?
In the first pitch, you can present your company/team (members, culture, working methodologies...), and your topic. It will be great if you can also present your business idea, but it is not mandatory.

What is the final pitch about?
In the final pitch, your team will have 20 minutes for presenting your final business, followed by a 10 minutes QandA session. This is a chance for your team to introduce your awesome company, your exciting business idea and the reason why somebody shall definitely invest in your company. We do not want to see a boring presentation and approach. We would like to see exciting and creative pitches.

What do we have to include in our monthly report?
The monthly report should cover your team current work state and all newly achieved results for this month. For example, for the first report, you can include information about your company, team members, your communication channel, and meetings note.

How do we submit the monthly report?
You can submit your team monthly report via OPAL. To avoid conflict content, please only upload the report once per team.

Which extent shall our final Planspiel report have?
The final report is NOT just a simple combination of all your monthly reports. You can restructure, or even rewrite some parts to improve your report quality. Avoid superficial or too general text! The Planspiel report shall at least cover information on: your company's identity, the problem identification and ideation, design thinking aspects including requirement-, stakeholder-, SWOT analysis, Personae identification, Customer journeys, an iterative approach how you developed and evaluated your solution, details on your product concept and implementation, and optionally business considerations. The approx. length for your report should be from 75 to 90 pages but not more than 100 pages. Be aware of appropriate scientific literature references in your report and NO plagiarism!


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