Season’s Greetings and A Happy New Year

December 25, 2012 in News

Warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy New Year 2013 to you and your families,  filled with joy and success.
Year 2012 has been a great year for SEMAT. To highlight a few: we have four SEMAT Chapters established (China, Latin America, South Africa, and Russia); Essence proposal to OMG has received overwhelming majority votes, next step is to address reviewers feedback; The English version of the Essence book will be available at Amazon in January; the book in other languages are underway; Essence has been part of university course material taught in Florida, Oslo and Stockholm; SEMAT General Theory of Software Engineering Workshop has been accepted by ICSE 2013.
We are pleased to see the progress made. We also look forward to a great year 2013.
Thank you all for your continuing support for SEMAT.

Essence submission very well received by the OMG community

December 14, 2012 in News

The Essence submission was presented for OMG at the recent meeting in San Francisco on Wednesday November 12th. No other submissions were presented so Essence is well in progress to become a standard. A vote for an immediate adoption directly at the meeting was almost completed. The Essence submission got 73% of the required 75% votes for immediate adoption. A number of constructive comments to align Essence with other OMG standards and OMG standard writing procedures was proposed. The outcome was a new revised submission date for February 2013 to allow for incorporation of all good feedback to create the best possible standard.

The SEMAT team will start planning this work already today and keep you posted on what will be done. We are all encouraged by the strong support the Essence have received, and the current improvements should ensure a better standard still within the original timeline.

Evaluation of SEMAT workshop

December 7, 2012 in News

In Stockholm Nov 8-9 a workshop on evaluating the result of SEMAT took place with participation from academics and industry. The report summarizes the discussion and quotes the participants. For instance professor Per Runesson (Lund Institute of Technology) says: “I would state that a generally accepted framework for software engineering would be very much appreciated, to base communication, teaching and research on. In that sense, I am very much in favor of the initiative. I can see that you have managed to combine a lot of good principles and practices, both for the engineering as such, and for the presentation and communication of work practices. I especially appreciate the “light-weight” approach, with the strive to reduce rather than add complexity. The “cards” approach is an outcome of that strive, which I think can be very useful.”