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Essence Workshop
A Paradigm Shift in Software Engineering

Thursday, 0900 - 1700, June 20, 2013

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Essence was adopted at the OMG March 2013 Technical Meeting as a response to the FACESEM RFP, and is now being finalized by the corresponding OMG Finalization Task Force.

Essence is also a first answer to the call for action of SEMAT: "to refound software engineering based on a solid theory, proven principles and best practices that: Include a kernel of widely-agreed elements, extensible for specific uses". See further description at

In the morning Essence is presented in a tutorial form focusing on concepts and principles with practical examples that will demonstrate why Essence represents a paradigm shift in how we deal with methods.

In the afternoon presentations will focus on practical experiences with the Essence kernel based approach for an enterprise method architecture and from practical experiences at Munich Reassurance and Fujitsu. Further there will be presentations on the potential for applying Essence for system engineering and INCOSE and how to migrate methods and practices from SPEM to Essence. The final part of the day will discuss how to apply Essence in new software engineering projects, and a discussion on next steps related to Essence in the SEMAT community.



0900 - 0930 Introduction to SEMAT
June Sung Park, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)  (Download PDF)
0930 - 1000 Introduction to Essence
Dr. Ivar Jacobson, CTO, Ivar Jacobson International (Download PDF)
The Essence Kernel and its usage
1000- 1030 Morning Refreshments
1030 - 1115 Applying Essence in Practice
Ed Seidewitz, CTO, Americas, Ivar Jacobson International (Download PDF)
- Using alphas for progress and health, project planning
- Usage scenarios of Essence
- Demonstrate how to run a project in an iteration or a sprint using tool
- Demonstrate how to describe practices and compose them using tool
1115 - 1200 Extending the Kernel with Practices to Create Methods
Brian Elvesæter, Research Scientist, SINTEF (Download PDF)
- Example of Scrum as a practice on top of the Essence kernel
- Example of EssWork tool support for Essence
1200 - 1300 Attendee Lunch
1300 - 1330 Building Enterprise Method Architecture based on Essence Kernel
June Sung Park, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) (Download PDF)
1330 - 1400 The Munich RE Experience of a Kernel Based Approach
Burkhard Perkens-Golomb, Munich Reinsurance Company (Munich RE) (Download PDF)
1400 - 1430 The Fujitsu Experience of a Kernel Based Approach
Dave Cunningham, Fujitsu (Download PDF)
1430 - 1500 Applying Essence for Systems Engineering and INCOSE
Andrey Bayda, SEMAT LIason, INCOSE Russian Chapter (Download PDF)
1500 - 1515 Afternoon Refreshments
1515 - 1545 Experiences with Providing Tool Support for Essence
Markus Schacher, KnowGravity, Inc.
1545 - 1615 Experiences with Migration from SPEM 2.0 to Essence 1.0 for the REMICS Methodology
Brian Elvesæter, Research Scientist, SINTEF (Download PDF)
1615 - 1645 Next Steps in SEMAT
Dr. Ivar Jacobson, CTO, Ivar Jacobson International

NOTE: If you register for the Technical Meeting Week, you do not have to pay the additional fee(s) to attend any or all of the special events.  If you register only for special events, the special fees apply.

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