October 1, 2015 in News
The SEMAT community is happy to welcome “Tata Consulting Services” from India as a new corporate signatory!
July 22, 2015 in News
Ivar Jacobson International has released a starter pack of agile practice cards that aid team-based software development by ensuring that core agile team practices are transparent and effective. Each practice contains a small number of cards that provide useful, structured advice on how to apply the practice.
In many organizations, arguments rage between software development “experts” and teams on which process framework is best – e.g. Extreme Programming (XP) versus Scrum versus Kanban. Even though agile principles are clear that “no one should tell the team how to do their work”, in practice they are often told “Do Scrum” or “No, don’t do Scrum, do Kanban!”. The Agile Essentials eliminates these damaging and distracting conflicts by extracting the useful practice guidance from XP, Scrum, Kanban and other popular agile approaches, and presents it as a useful and usable set of practice cards that development teams can freely select, combine and adapt to help them work effectively as a team.
The cards can help teams by:
These cards are unique as they were built using the OMG approved SEMAT standard: Essence. Essence defines the smallest set of concepts that are common to all software projects, aiming to help teams assess the health of their software endeavor and to improve their way of working.”
The seven practices included in the deck of poker-sized playing cards cover key aspects of agile team development including:
More information, including a video showing how to use the cards can be found at http://www.ivarjacobson.com/agile_essentials/
March 26, 2015 in News
December 15, 2014 in News
During the last weeks, several case studies on using ESSENCE got published:
1. One of the worlds largest reinsurers, Munich Re, has applied the Essence kernel with great results: http://www.omg.org/news/whitepapers/Munich_Re_Essence_Case_Study-2014-12-01_JP.pdf.
2. Worldwide agile at scale adoption with 1200 people achieved within nine months based on the Essence standard. http://www.ivarjacobson.com/uploadedFiles/Pages/Knowledge_Centre/Resources/Case_Studies/Resources/AsianTelecomm1.pdf. This case study involved developing a large number of practices around the Essence kernel, practices for scaling agile.
3. Development Team at Global Internet Services Company Learns and Applies Essence. Team very engaged and interactive: http://www.ivarjacobson.com/uploadedFiles/Pages/Knowledge_Centre/Resources/Case_Studies/Resources/Essence_globaltech1..pdf.
December 4, 2014 in News
One of the first and most prominent outputs from the SEMAT community is Essence – a standard that defines the smallest set of concepts that are common to all software projects, aiming to help teams assess the health of their software endeavor and to improve their way of working. Ivar Jabcobson introduced this work at a tech talk at Google Switzerland in July 2014.
In order to explore Essence in a practical setting, a 2-day workshop was hosted at Google Switzerland on Oct 22 by Martin Landers, an engineering manager for YouTube. He and his team of five engineers took a look at Essence and its “serious games”. Martin Landers felt that “Playing progress poker, reviewing health indicators and defining checkpoints triggered some good conversations in the team and helped crystallize some risks that I thought the team wasn’t aware of or vice-versa.”
November 28, 2014 in News
July 31, 2014 in News
A presentation on ESSENCE given by Ivar Jacobson and Ian Spence at Google in Zurich is now available as Google Tech Talk at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNlERrVxYjs&list=UUtXKDgv1AVoG88PLl8nGXmw. The talk has three parts: 1) Welcome to the State Club (by Ivar Jacobson), 2) Welcome to the world of Practices (by Ian Spence), 3) Q&A.
The presentation slides are also availabe from IJI at http://www.ivarjacobson.com/uploadedFiles/Pages/Knowledge_Centre/Resources/Presentations/Resources/SEMAT presentation at Google.pdf
July 31, 2014 in News
Thanks to the great work of the Latin American Chapter of SEMAT, the ESSENCE book is now available in Spanish. The Argentinian publisher Nueva Libreria is announcing the release of the book to book stores, distributors, and institutions.
Next August, the book will be distributed to the attendants to the Latin American Software Engineering Symposium LASES 2014. Ivar Jacobson will make the announce in his virtual conference during the event, and Paul McMahon will be signing books as a part of the activities of the event.
June 20, 2014 in News
On June 16, 2014 the Object Management Group (OMG) announced that its Board of Directors adopted “Essence Kernel and Language for Software Engineering Methods” as an official OMG standard.
“We’re very excited that Essence has been adopted as an official OMG standard,” said Dr. Richard Soley, Chairman and CEO of OMG. “By providing a common set of core concepts and language, Essence allows practitioners to flexibly construct and adapt software engineering methods. A very large ‘thank you’ to our members in the Essence 1.0 Finalization Task Force for getting it through the OMG technology adoption process.”