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Managing Software Evolution


Admission requirements



For most businesses and governmental organizations, the cost and effort of continued development and maintenance of software technology far exceeds the investment in its initial development. In this course, we explore the fundamental forces that drive software evolution and we discuss techniques for managing software evolution, including measurement and monitoring of software quality and architecture, application portfolio management, and software risk assessment. You will have the opportunity to apply such techniques by carrying out a number of management tasks on software development activities of students in other courses.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course, students will have an in-depth understanding of the mechanisms that drive software evolution. They will understand the resulting organizational and technical challenges and various techniques to deal with those challenges, including:

  • Measurement of software volume and quality evolution

  • Monitoring and controlling software evolution risks

  • Planning software renewal initiatives


You will find the timetables for all courses and degree programmes of Leiden University in the tool MyTimetable (login). Any teaching activities that you have sucessfully registered for in MyStudyMap will automatically be displayed in MyTimeTable. Any timetables that you add manually, will be saved and automatically displayed the next time you sign in.

MyTimetable allows you to integrate your timetable with your calendar apps such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and other calendar apps on your smartphone. Any timetable changes will be automatically synced with your calendar. If you wish, you can also receive an email notification of the change. You can turn notifications on in ‘Settings’ (after login).

For more information, watch the video or go the the 'help-page' in MyTimetable. Please note: Joint Degree students Leiden/Delft have to merge their two different timetables into one. This video explains how to do this.

Mode of instruction

  • Interactive lectures

Assessment method

  • Presence and participation in the lectures and lab work

  • Written assignments: 70%

  • Written exam: 30%

No possibility for exam retakes.

The teacher will inform the students how the inspection of and follow-up discussion of the exams will take place.

Reading list

To be provided during the course


From the academic year 2022-2023 on every student has to register for courses with the new enrollment tool MyStudyMap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information.

Please note that it is compulsory to both preregister and confirm your participation for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course. Confirming your exam participation is possible until ten days before the exam.

Extensive FAQ's on MyStudymap can be found here.


Programme Co-ordinator: ms. Esme Caubo


There is only limited capacity for external students. Please contact the programme Co-ordinator

Please also register for this course in Brightspace. All information about the course will be shared there.