Essence Tutorial at ICSE 2014 in Hyderabad India June 3, 2014

April 13, 2014 in News

Essence Tutorial, entitled: “Essence – A Foundation for Software Development Games”

Location: Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad, India
(Collocated with the 36th International Conference on Software Engineering)


Special offer for Indian Delegates Registration Link

International Delegation Registration:


Shihong Huang, Ivar Jacobson, Pan-Wei Ng, Mira Kajko-Mattsson, Arne J. Berre

(Florida Atlantic University, USA; Ivar Jacobson International, Switzerland; Ivar Jacobson International, China; Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden; SINTEF Oslo, Norway)

For detailed description of the tutorial please click ICSE-2014-Tutorial

Another step towards a standard

March 27, 2014 in News

On Monday the OMG Architecture Board voted to accept the finalization task force (FTF) report for the Essence specification! The only issues that remain after this technical hurdel are a couple of editorial corrections that need to be made. The Essence 1.0 specification now goes to the Platform Technical Committee for voting, followed by review by the Business Committee and culminating in the formal adoption vote by the OMG Board of Directors.

So, thanks to all on the FTF who contributed to getting the Essence specification finalized!

SEMAT Newsletter

March 12, 2014 in News

The latest version of the SEMAT Newsletter has just been published. It reports on SEMAT moving forward and provides a brief account of their local activities within SEMAT Chapters and Areas. The newsletter is available on

SEMAT All Hands Meeting Report

February 28, 2014 in News

On February 24th, another SEMAT All Hands Meeting was held with more than 20 participants. Please use the link below to see the meeting minutes.


SEMAT and Systems Engineering

February 9, 2014 in News

A new book with the Preliminary Title:  “Software Engineering in the Systems Context” is on its way.  The book will be co-edited by Dr. Ivar Jacobson and Dr. Harold “Bud” Lawson.  
There are obviously both similarities and differences between Software ‘Engineering and Systems Engineering.  These aspects will be exposed in the book in order to make improvements in both disciplines.  Further, it is important to bring the entire Systems domain into the forefront for today’s and tomorrows Software Engineers.  Unfortunately, the vast majority have no idea about how Systems Science and Systems Thinking can be of benefit; further, they are not even aware of relevant developments in Systems Engineering.
Within SEMAT we early took a decision to limit the scope of the initial effort to software engineering.  However, many of us have also applied the Essence kernel idea in the system context as well.  The Russian Chapter of INCOSE (lead by Anatoly Levenchuk) has been working with the Russian Chapter of SEMAT to extend the Essence kernel to the systems engineering area.  Efforts of this work will be included in the book.
Please read the Invitation Letter for more details.

SEMAT Adopted by the China Software Industry

January 17, 2014 in News

Secretary General of Software Process Improvement Association of China,  Wang Jun says: “Many of the prevalent, influential software methodologies have been evaluated, and at the end, SEMAT Essence (Kernel) was selected being the most complete, comprehensive and up-to-date method framework. It will strengthen any other methods, agile or pre-agile, by providing support to software developers in their daily work.”

Read National Quality Plan Powered by SEMAT  for the role SEMAT will play in China software industry.

Kick-starting a Project

December 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

Kickstarting a Project


SEMAT All Hands Meeting Report

November 27, 2013 in News

Please visit below link to access the report of SEMAT all hands Meeting, held on November 15, 2013

AllHandsMeeting_Report_Nov15_2013 – Final

Alpha State Explorer App out now!

November 26, 2013 in News

SEMAT has proposed Essence as a standard and it is expected to within short become an OMG standard. The standard supports the team to measure progress and health along several dimensions in a project. This idea has since several years been demonstrated in practice using physical cards. Now, the cards have become “electronic” and you can play several practical “games” when progressing your project. The Alpha State Explorer app runs on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and can be downloaded for free from the App Store.
Here you can find out more on the App:

Non-profit organization SEMAT Inc. established

November 19, 2013 in News

Another important step in the history of SEMAT has been taken: SEMAT has been set up as the non-profit organization SEMAT Inc.! See here for evidence from the Florida Department of State, where the corporation is located. Initial Officers are: June Sung Park, President of SEMAT Inc./ Professor, KAIST; Cecile Preraire, Treasurer of SEMAT Inc. / Professor, CMU@SV; Paul McMahon, Secretary of SEMAT Inc. / President, PEM Systems.