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Lean software startup – an experience report from an entrepreneurial software business course

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoftware Business - 6th International Conference, ICSOB 2015, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783319195926
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event6th International Conference on Software Business, ICSOB 2015 - Braga, Portugal
Duration: 10 Jun 201512 Jun 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
ISSN (Print)18651348


Conference6th International Conference on Software Business, ICSOB 2015


This paper offers blueprints for and reports upon three years experience from teaching the university course “Lean Software Startup” for information technology and economics students. The course aims to give a learning experience on ideation/innovation and subsequent product and business development using the lean startup method. The course educates the students in software business, entrepreneurship, teamwork and the lean startup method. The paper describes the pedagogical design and practical implementation of the course in sufficient detail to serve as an example of how entrepreneurship and business issues can be integrated into a software engineering curriculum. The course is evaluated through learning diaries and a questionnaire, as well as the primary teacher’s learnings in the three course instances. We also examine the course in the context of CDIO and show its connection points to this broader engineering education framework. Finally we discuss the challenges and opportunities of engaging students with different backgrounds in a hands-on entrepreneurial software business course.