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Essence

How to Remain Competitive by Becoming a Learning Organization

It's been said that the only real sustainable competitive advantage is an organization's ability to learn faster than the competition. Learn how in this webinar presented on June 18th by Brian Kerr of Ivar Jacobson International.

Becoming better, faster, cheaper, and happier

In today's ever more competitive world, boards of directors and executives demand that CIOs and their teams deliver "more with less." Studies show, without any real surprise, that there is no one-size-fits-all method to suit all software initiatives. The SEMAT movement has an answer.

On Common Ground with Essence

Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata hosted an inauguration of SEMAT India Chapter on June 4, 2014. The inauguration included two events: (1) a SEMAT Executive Committee meeting and (2) Tutorial on "Essence - A Foundation for Software Development Games" by Dr. Mira Kajko-Mattson and Dr. Ivar Jacobson. This interview was conducted during Dr. Jacobson's visit.

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

Thinking, Communicating and Collaborating Using Essence

Ivar Jacobson International provided a three-day workshop on the Essence standard to the development team at a large multinational corporation specializing in Internet services. Learn about our Essence training and what the team thought.

Software Development Moves from a Craft to an Engineering Discipline

This equipment vendor needed to move from a traditional waterfall approach to an agile way of working. They decided to engage with Ivar Jacobson International (IJI) to assist them with their agile transformation. IJI was chosen because of its expertise in large-scale agile transformation and its thought leadership. SEMAT’s Essence and IJI’s sustainable change model were central to the equipment provider’s agile transformation strategy and success.

Munich Re Transforms Application Development with Lean and Agile Practices

Agile and lean ways of working adopted in a development organization spread across multiple time zones - highly adaptable way of working provides "just right" level of support for projects with diverse needs and varied risk profiles.

A New Software Engineering

What happened to the promise of rigorous, disciplined, professional practices?

The term paradigm shift may be a bit overused these days; nevertheless, the kernel-based Essence approach to software engineering can quite reasonably be considered to be such a shift. It truly represents a profound change of viewpoint for the software-engineering community. In this paper, Ivar Jacobon and Ed Seidewitz explore what happened to to the promise of rigorous, disciplined, professional practices for software development, like those observed in other engineering disciplines and explain how the Essence standard is the answer.

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