SEMAT

Of course, your (favorite) method will resurrect with the liberated practices

The way we develop software struggles to keep pace with changes in technology and business. Even with the rise of agile we still see people flip-flopping from one branded method (or to be more fashionable framework) to another throwing away the good with the bad, and behaving more like religious cultists than scientists.

Dr. Ivar Jacobson delivered this presentation at a keynote address at SECR Russia in October 2017. He revisited the history of methods, explained why we need to break out of our repetitive dysfunctional behavior, and introduced Essence: a new way of thinking that promises to liberate the practices and enable true learning organizations.

Software Engineering Conference in Russia (SECR) is one of the brightest annual IT events in the country. The 13th edition of the SECR will take place on October, 20-22 in Saint-Petersburg and the conference program will include a key-note address by IJI Chairman Dr. Ivar Jacobson.

Presentation at CA World - November 2016

A new, cutting-edge approach can help you harness the principles of disparate software methodologies to accelerate adoption and deliver value. Essence, a modular standard created by the Object Management Group
and promulgated by SEMAT (Software Engineering Method and Theory), provides a method-agnostic, common language for re-using software practices. Companies using Essence have seen dramatic cost-savings, process
improvements and even new business creation. Essence enables configuration of the 17 best-known agile methodologies in the market into smaller, foundational atomic “bricks” of re-usable practices. Currently the CA
Technologies stack (CA PPM, Agile Central, CDM, Release Automation and Service Virtualization) is one of the unique environments that support all of these re-usable bricks of Agile practices.

Scott Ambler, of Disciplined Agile Delivery fame and one of the earliest signatories of SEMAT, has joined the SEMAT Advisory Board.

"I am excited about working with industry partners at SEMAT and leveraging the ESSENCE standard", said Scott Ambler in a recent phone interview, " in order to not just have different types of re-usable domain content built up for use as accelerators in Disciplined Agile Delivery projects, but also to clearly guide the industry on the benefits of specific granular practices that are currently uniquely only present within the Disciplined Agile Delivery method.”

InfoQ Article - June 2016

Key takeaways in article:

*What issues can SEMAT help address within an organisation.
*What is the best way to train people in the use of SEMAT so that its understood and used.
*Why are the SEMAT cards important?
*How can SEMAT be applied to the Enterprise, Programmes and Projects.
*How can the use of SEMAT be scaled out across your organisation.

Essence is instrumental in moving software development toward a true engineering discipline

Industrial-­scale agile requires much more than just being able to scale agile. It also means taking a disciplined approach to ensuring that our IT investments are resulting in sustainable benefits for both the producing organization and its customers. This involves adopting a different approach to many aspects of agility. We need to look beyond small-­scale agile, beyond independent competitive islands of agile excellence, beyond individual craftsmanship and heroic teams, and beyond the short-­term, instant gratification that seems to be the focus of many well-­intentioned but self-­centered agile teams. It is this adoption of a more holistic approach that we call moving from craft to engineering.

This paper is published at acm.org.

RedHat_Essence_Berlin

WE HAVE DIFFERENT WAYS TO DO THINGS AND THAT'S OK!

Presentation & Speaking Notes - Ed Seymour, Cloud Domain Architect from Red Hat looks at how SEMAT helps Red Hat manage an assortment of approaches when working with varied and disparate clients; how it provides a consistent view across all projects irrespective of the approach taken, even if SEMAT was not considered during project initiation. Furthermore, he looks at how SEMAT is helping Red Hat patch the holes in existing approaches, and providing a framework for developing new practices to support evolving techniques, and emerging technologies.

Fujitsu-Essence-Berlin

USING ESSENCE TO DELIVER TOGETHER - PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE AT FUJITSU

Presentation & Speaking Notes - Ste Nadin, Chief Architect, Business and Application Services at Fujitsu Services presented at Essence in Practice an OMG Special Meeting in Berlin, June 2015. Nadin explores how Essence has been used at Fujitsu for successful delivery of end to end customer solutions.

24 Questions: SEMAT and Essence

The Why's, What's and How's to See the Difference

Written by Dr. Ivar Jacobson, Paul E. McMahon and Roland Racko

Over the years, collective experience of the authors has revealed many questions on the SEMAT and Essence initiative. To bring clarity of the initiative to our readers, the authors have answered 24 of the most common questions.

Alpha State Card Games Guide

Package of all Alpha State Cards Games

This instructional guide provides a brief introduction to the Alphas and presents seven different games that can be played with the Alpha State Cards by software development teams.

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