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Essential Practices

A Starter Pack of Agile Practices Presented as a Deck of Cards

Agile rightly puts great store on the critical importance of transparency in all things at all times. To build trust and enable predictability, we need it to be transparently clear to all stakeholders what we are doing, how we are doing it, why we are doing it that way, and how well it is going - i.e. what progress are we making towards achieving the required outcomes.

The Agile Essentials puts a toolkit of productive process tools literally into the hands of software development professionals, where it can deliver value every day in prompting and guiding the team and supporting team communication and collaboration.

Ending Method Wars: The Successful Utilization of Essence at Munich Re

"Could you please describe how an endeavor in application development progresses over time in a healthy way?" In 2010 Munich Re's application development department was asked this question. But as simple as the question may sound, it is as hard to answer. Even more so in a group of people with different views and experiences. One of the big challenges is the lack of a common language to allow the group to discuss, share and compare their ways of working. ESSENCE, an OMG standard finalized in June 2014, provides definitions and tools to overcome this challenge: it enables efficient discussions about a way of working, the identification of the essential elements that teams should share, the sharing of practices and processes, and the unambiguous documentation of defined ways of working. In this manner ESSENCE was successfully utilized at Munich Re to define a common way of working for all endeavors.

Presentation @ Essence in Practice: A Revolution in Software Engineering

Essence is a super-light foundation of software engineering including elements we always have, always produce and always do. Its application allows team to work in a super agile way and it turns software development to become more of an engineering discipline than just a craft. On top of Essence organizations are now developing practices and at the OMG Technical Meeting Special Event on June 18, 2015 in Berlin, Germany, speakers from companies such as MunichRe, Fujitsu, RedHat and Ivar Jacobson International shared their experiences in using Essence.

Part 2 in our 3 Part Agile Quick Talks Webinar Series

A truly agile organization is a learning organization continually refining and improving all its practices. It is not an organization that flits from one fad to another or continuously replaces one flawed process with another, more fashionable one. Change is constant and a sustainable agile transformation harnesses practices to embed and sustain an agile program.

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.

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.

Projects are Delivered on a Solid Foundation of Proven Practices

Rule Financial standardizes on a company-wide delivery method, based on Ivar Jacobson International (IJI) essential practices.

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