Where Can People Learn More About How Essence Can Help Today? by Paul E. McMahon

With the recent news release of the OMG Board of Directors adoption of the new Essence standard, and with the recent call for action for worldwide SEMAT adoption more people are now asking where can they learn more about how Essence can help.

Speaking as one who has been involved since the initial kickoff meeting in Zurich in 2010, one of the great things I have observed about the SEMAT initiative is how so many people coming from different backgrounds and different perspectives have been able to work together sharing ideas and learning from each other.

I believe it is our differing backgrounds and perspectives that have helped to make the Essence standard a sound kernel that will aid in the development of a solid theory going forward.

I also believe that to keep the momentum going we need more people writing about real experiences using Essence, or, if they haven’t used Essence, writing about real experiences where they can demonstrate how this new standard can help to solve the real problems that software practitioners face every day on the job.

This is an area I have been pursuing myself working on a book along these lines over the past few years. Many of the SEMAT volunteers have helped me along the way as reviewers of this work.  The book is now complete and will be available soon.

If you are interested in learning more about the book, or would like to be notified when the book is published visit the following URL ( You can even download a free Sample PDF of the book now that includes Scott Ambler’s foreword.  I would love to hear your feedback.

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