ITLED4350 – Modern system development processes

Course content

This course is part of the EVU (experience-based studies) at the Department of Informatics. The course gives students an overview of current research and up to date practitioners’ experiences on practices, methods, and challenges with agile software development and agile transformation. More concretely, topics like DevOps, BizDev, continuous development, cross-disciplinary teams, story points estimation, leadership in agile processes, coordination mechanisms, management of digital debt, and agile requirements management will be covered. Examples and case studies from Norway and Scandinavian countries will be emphasized. The course design aims at mobilizing the students’ own experiences and reflections on the topics discussed.

Some experience with software development and especially agile software development processes is recommended for attending.

Learning outcome

After successfully completing the course, the students will acquire:

  • detailed insights on agile software development methods like Scrum, Kanban, and various hybrid models
  • state-of-the-art knowledge about organizing and coordinating agile processes 
  • insights on estimation in agile processes
  • insights on agile requirements management
  • insights on how to manage digital debt in agile processes
  • insight on agile transformation processes in large organizations
  • competence and skills to organize agile projects
  • competence and skills to practice agile requirements
  • competence and skills to reflect on and evaluate adjusting agile processes to context


According to current rules for experience-based studies (EVU) at the Department of Informatics.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The course is experience-based and assumes that the students have some practical experience and knowledge of agile system development processes.


The course is taught over 5 full days divided into 3+2 days.

It's compulsory to attend at least 80% of the course.


The course is evaluated based on a project assignment (home exam) written individually, or in groups of 2 or maximum 3 students. This project assignment constitutes 100% of the final grade.

Examination support material

When writing the home exam, you must familiarize yourself with the rules regarding use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

It will not be offered new exams to students who have withdrawn during regular exams or who have not passed. If the student is unable to deliver the project assignment within the deadline due to illness or for any valid reason, a new submission deadline may be granted upon application.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)

The course will be held in English Spring 2020

Course fee

25 000,- NOK (includes coffee/tea and fruit/cake. Lunch all days, as well as 3 course dinner one day)