Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg


Startup Engineering II: Building a Minimum Viable Product

This is the home page for the course "Startup Engineering II: Building a Minimum Viable Product" in the winter term 2017/2018. General information on this course can be found here.


Application and Enrollment: 

Application for the winter term 2017/18 is possible via LFS during the period from September 1st through October 9th, 2017.


The module simulates a startup in which the participating students work as an intern. In order to participate, students work in two or three-person teams in software development. The teams will use technologies such as Slack & Trello for project management and team communication.  

Software Development 

The goal of the software team is to learn modern software engineering techniques typically used by startups. The Minimum Viable Product they build helps to validate a critiqual hypothesis of the startup.

Semester Plan

Preliminary semester plan for the winter term 2017/18:

Team Coach:
Schedule (tentative):



15:00 - 17:00

17:00 - 19:00

01 (KW41)  11.10. VL-01: Introduction VL-02: Project Specification
02 (KW42) 18.10. VL-03: The Lean Startup and Validation
03 (KW43) 25.10. Experimental Offer Presentation
04 (KW44) 01.11.    
05 (KW45) 08.11.    
06 (KW46) 15.11. Milestone Presentation 
07 (KW47) 22.11.    
08 (KW48) 29.11.    
09 (KW49) 06.12.    
10 (KW50) 13.12. Milestone Presentation 
11 (KW51) 20.12.    
12 (KW02) 10.01.    
13 (KW03) 17.01. Final Presentation
14 (KW04) 24.01.    
15 (KW05) 31.01. Report


The type of exam for this course will be a "Hausarbeit". The exam (6 CP) will consist of the two parts:

Experimental Design
Minimum Viable Product

All reports and MVPs must be submitted by 1 pm on Wednesday, January 31st via mail to  

Possible Template for the Experimental Offer Presentation
  1. Startup Idea: Describe the startup idea and the question that you want to answer.
  2. Hypothesis: Why is this hypothesis important for the startup? What is your learning goal?
  3. Test Subjects:  Who are the test users? Why? How will you contact them? What is their motivation to attend?
  4. MVP: What will you need to build to test your hypothesis? How will you build your MVP? How will the MVP look like? What will the test users to see? How does they get the right experience?
  5. Procedure: Describe the experiment in detail.
  6. Key variable: What will you measure during the experiment?
  7. Pass-Fail Criteria: Define the Pass-Fail Criteria. Why is this a good criterion to test your hypothesis?
  8. Consequences: Regarding to possible outcomes of the experiment, what will be the consequences for the startup idea?
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