Three case studies on ESSENCE

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.

Google Switzerland Explored Essence

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.”

SEMAT – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

December 2, 2014 in News

A new paper by Ivar Jacobson, Barry Myburgh, Pontus Johnson, Paul McMahon and June Park has been published: SEMAT-Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.