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SEMAT

A thinking framework in the form of an actionable kernel.

This article presents a thinking framework in the form of an actionable kernel, which could benefit any team wishing to balance their risks and improve their way of working.

A User Guide to the Alpha State Cards

This Reference Guide provides a brief introduction to the Alphas and Alpha State Cards. It is designed to support the use the Alpha State Cards by software development teams and, in particular, the games that can be played with them.

Kernel and Language for Software Engineering Methods

  • The OMG ESSENCE standard has helped guarantee consistency across the board for all software development projects
  • It helps create a learning organization by providing a solid basis and framework for the discussion and integration of learning
  • It helps the teams in their daily work to measure progress and health; and it helps Munich Re in scaling agile

Combining agile and SEMAT yields more advantages than either one alone.

Combining agile and SEMAT yields more advantages than either one alone.

This paper discusses how two current popular movements complement one another to provide a powerful basis for software development.

Power of Checklists_Neil Armstrong Glove

The immense power of simple check-lists for monitoring projects

Surgeons, astronauts, airline pilots and software professionals. What do all these people have in common? Well, for one, all of these professionals are very highly trained – in most cases in takes many years to reach a point where you can practice without supervision.

But even highly trained, experienced professionals can have a bad day, and make the occasional mistake. The problem is, if you’re an astronaut, airline pilot, or surgeon, and you make a mistake, lives can be lost. Software development, perhaps, is somewhat less life-critical, most of the time.

Simple checklists can help reduce human error dramatically. Some reports suggest that surgical checklists introduced by the World Health Organization have helped reduce mortality rates in major surgery by as much as 47%. Neil Armstrong had a checklist printed on the back of his glove (pictured), to ensure he remembered the important things as he made history as the first person to walk on the moon.

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