Ivar Jacobson International (IJI) and Scott Ambler (Ambysoft Inc.) announce an Essence partnership

Ivar Jacobson International (IJI) and Ambysoft Inc. are delighted to announce a partnership to describe key Ambysoft practices, including Agile Modeling and Agile Data using the Essence of Software Engineering Kernel and Language.

The collaboration to “Essentialize” these assets will pave the way for their wider adoption and in particular facilitate their inter-operability with other industry standard practices in an ever growing Essentialized practice eco-system. 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 (inter-operability is just one) 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.

“I am extremely excited about working together to Essentialize some of the practices in the Agile Data and Agile Modeling methods to help make them available to a wider audience, make them more trainable, and make them more implementable”, said Scott Ambler, CEO and founder of Ambysoft Inc. “At Ambysoft, we are all about developing and providing Effective Practices for Software Solution Delivery. The Essence Kernel and Language provide the perfect “industry standard” foundation upon which to render those assets so that they can combine seamlessly with contributions from other leaders in our industry to accelerate and professionalize the endeavor of software solution delivery. With the ecosystem that we’re seeing around Essence, with everything from the practitioner to training/teaching and academic points of view, teaching this to the students, is absolutely critical, and I think Essence is there and has a huge advantage over pretty much everything else.”

“This is another great day for everyone associated with the software industry, another step on the road to free the practices”, said Ivar Jacobson, CEO and Founder of Ivar Jacobson International. “Essence is all about improving the industry. Removing the barriers and divisions between different method “camps” so that real engineers can mix and match the best practices available without the often, overcommercialized baggage of the method prisons. It is great to have Scott Ambler, one of our industry’s finest thinkers on board with the practice-based approach. I can’t wait to see the results. I know they will be impressive.”

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 doctorate 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 Scott Ambler:

Scott works in several roles: consulting methodologist, agile data coach, author, keynote speaker, and advisory board member.

Consulting Methodologist - As a consulting methodologist Scott helps people and teams to improve their ways of working (WoW) and their ways of thinking (WoT). In particular, his focus is on helping people to apply Agile Data and Agile Modeling strategies. Scott co-created with Mark Lines PMI’s Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit, and led the development of both the Agile Modeling and Agile Data methods.

Agile Data Coach - Scott often takes on the role of “Agile data coach” with teams. In doing so he typically help teams to understand how to apply Agile Data and Agile Modeling strategies. This is done through both training and coaching.

Author - Scott has (co-)written 30 books and hundreds of articles or white papers. Most of this writing has been about information technology (IT) methods and practices.

For more information on Scott, visit

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