Ivar Jacobson (IJI) and Joakim Sundén, (Crisp) announce an Essence partnership

Ivar Jacobson (IJI) and Joakim Sundén are delighted to announce a partnership to describe the Spotify Model to help people better understand what it is, and using Essence as an enabler, evolve the industries understanding of how it can be of value.

The collaboration to “Essentialize” (render using the Essence Kernel and Language) this thinking will help people better understand, communicate, and adopt the Spotify Model Essentials. The result of the collaboration will be added to the ever-growing Essentialized practice eco-system, however the basic Spotify element cards can be downloaded here. The article: ‘The “Spotify Model” Demystified and Made Applicable through Essence’ is a great read if you want to know a little more. Essence brings a paradigm shift to the world of software and the potential for its adopters to reap huge benefits in productivity and performance. Essence enables a number of key use cases to help both organizations and teams make a step-change in their development capability. Ivar’s recent LinkedIn article “Essence, the Standard Common Ground, in a Nutshell” brings these use cases to life.

Collaborating with IJI and working with the Essence language to crystallize the core principles of the Spotify model has been really valuable” said Joakim Sundén, (Crisp AB Partner). “This synergy aims to demystify the model’s application, enhancing its accessibility and user-friendliness. Leveraging the robust foundation of the Essence Kernel and Language, we’re primed to weave these principles and practices with invaluable insights from industry leaders. Given the growing traction of Essence across both hands-on applications and academia, it underscores the immense potential of the Essence ecosystem as a platform for disseminating knowledge in such domains.
I am delighted to see the thinking around the Spotify model codified into an Essence based practice so it can be added to the rapidly expanding eco-system of practices available.”, said Ivar Jacobson, CEO and Founder of Ivar Jacobson International. “Essence helps teams and organizations use the practices that are right for them, it is an enabler first and foremost. So to see the popular Spotify thinking join the list of practices that teams can mix and match with others is extremely exciting. It is great to have Joakim, with all his practical experience from his Spotify days involved with the initiative. I can’t wait to see the practice in use more and more.

More information about the Essence partner network can be found on the IJI Essence Partner page.

About Ivar Jacobson: Dr. Ivar Jacobson received his Ph.D. in computer science from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, was rewarded the Gustaf Dalén medal from Chalmers University in 2003 and got an honorary doctor at San Martin de Porres University, Peru, in 2009. His contributions in software engineering span over 50 years starting from components and component architecture in 1968 to the essentials of modern software engineering (Essence) in 2019. In between he created Use Cases and what became the Unified Process in 1986 and he was the co-creator of UML in 1997.

Ivar is the principal author of eight books and co-author of another three.

For more information on Ivar, visit

About Joakim Sundén: Joakim is a partner and consultant with Crisp, a small Swedish consultancy with world-renowned Agile experts who help develop sustainable organizations. From 2011 to 2017 he worked as an Agile Coach at Spotify where he was part of a group of people working together with the CTO to develop a new approach to Agile at scale, aka “The Spotify Model” with Tribes, Squads, Chapters and Guilds. He now helps leaders develop empowered teams and organizations where all employees can be engaged in creating innovative solutions.

Joakim is frequently speaking and teaching on topics such as Agile at Scale, Spotify, Empowered Product Teams and Organizations, Agile & Product Leadership and Strategy (e.g., OKRs). Joakim is the co-author of Kanban In Action (Manning, 2014).

For more information on Joakim, visit

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