Board of Directors Adopts Essence Standard
Allows practitioners to flexibly construct and
adapt software engineering methods
Needham, MA - 06-16-14 - The Object Management Group®
(OMG®) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors
has officially adopted "Essence - Kernel and Language
for Software Engineering Methods" as an official OMG
Essence is a kernel and language for software engineering
methods with the kernel providing the common ground for
defining software development practices. It includes the
essential elements that are always prevalent in every
software engineering endeavor, such as Requirements,
Software System, Team and Work. These elements have states
representing progress and health, so as the endeavor moves
forward the states associated with these elements progress.
The Kernel among other things helps practitioners compare
methods and make better decisions about their practices.
The Kernel is described using the Language, which defines
abstract syntax, dynamic semantics, graphic syntax, and
textual syntax. The Language supports composing two
practices to form a new practice, and composing practices
into a method, and the enactment of methods.
"We're very excited that Essence has been adopted as
an official OMG standard," said Dr. Richard Soley,
Chairman and CEO of OMG. "By providing a common set of
core concepts and language, Essence allows practitioners to
flexibly construct and adapt software engineering methods. A
very large 'thank you' to our members in the Essence 1.0
Finalization Task Force for getting it through the OMG
technology adoption process."
Essence was submitted to the OMG as a response to an RFP
for a Foundation for the Agile Creation and Enactment of
Software Engineering Models (FACESEM). The specification can
be downloaded for free at www.omg.org/spec/Essence/1.0/Beta2.
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