For Red Hat Consulting, Essence in particular provides a common language, between Red Hat and our customers and also between different groups internally. This is important as we are usually working with leading edge, emerging technology, in pilot or startup environments and its important that the consulting team and the organisation working with us have a common understanding of the problem and possible solutions. Essence provides a framework for doing this which takes a few hours to set up, rather than days or weeks.
Essence also has some other benefits for us:
-it provides repeatable practices/activities; reuse ensures quality of delivery and provides a route for on-boarding new people to the team.
- means of navigation; knowing where you are in a complex project or in a series of projects.
The use cases I see may be different from the initial ideas and intentions for SEMAT Essence, but it has potential for Red Hat Consulting, where other design and project management approaches are either wrong or too intrusive.
When ESSENCE was brought into the discussion, it was a marvelous step forward. By using ESSENCE the discussion was focused on the most important things first, we could agree on our common view of Munich Re’s application development process, we could agree on process variants for different circumstances, we could define different practices with different levels of detail and different levels of bindingness, and many things more. In our experience, ESSENCE is a very helpful tool to provide guidance to the projects. The reason is, for defining a way of working, this standard has the right balance between setting an authoritative and guiding common ground, and at the same time allowing a required flexibility to cope with the wide variety of situations in application development. And ESSENCE is very flexible regarding the level of obligation you want to set for the projects.
Plus, over the time we learned that nothing in this standard is company-specific, the ESSENCE elements are universal to all application development endeavors.”