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  • Abstract: Better Scrum with Essence – An Introduction to the Essence Cards

    This video presents how the Essence cards applied to Scrum makes Scrum better without changing its intent. First, Brian Kerr will present the Scrum Essentials Cards. Then, he will play a series of games with these cards, which help teams to make their application of Scrum significantly more successful.

    You will discover that these cards are unique:

    • They describe the essence of the complete Scrum Guide on just 21 poker-sized cards
    • The same set of cards be used to play a very large number of engaging games; in the video Brian demonstrates that by playing four great games.
    • The cards reliance on Essence allows teams to compose different practices into complete methods, for example the team can select Scrum, User Stories, Test-Driven Development, and Pair Programing from a library of practices and create their own method.

    This video is also a more human presentation of the ACM Queue article: ‘Scrum Essentials Cards – Experiences of Scrum Teams Improving with Essence’ by Jeff Sutherland, Ivar Jacobson and Brian Kerr.

    Welcome to the Future – a Future which is already here.

    Better Scrum with Essence – An Introduction to the Essence Cards
  • Abstract: A Better Scrum with Essence

    One of the most effective tools in recent years has been the use of Scrum Essential Cards to coach teams to improve their Scrum practice in their organization. These cards describe Scrum by using Essence. Essence is the international standard for defining methods and practices. Ivar Jacobson's company has worked with Dr. Jeff Sutherland, the Co-Creator of Scrum, to define a set of cards that provides a complete definition of Scrum consistent with the Scrum Guide. For instance, the cards have been used to have teams "Build Their Own Scrum" to clarify what parts of their implementation need work and define process improvements that need to be made in each sprint. Jeff Sutherland: “Work with these cards with hundreds of teams shows that the average Scrum team implements 1/3 of the 21 components of Scrum well, 1/3 of the components poorly, and 1/3 of pieces of Scrum not at all. Daily practice with only a third of components working well is like driving a car with wheels missing.”

    Exercises with these cards are dramatically revealing about how Scrum should work, how people on the same team may have different ideas about what Scrum is, and what a team needs to do next to improve their process. Jeff Sutherland: “One participant in this exercise using the Scrum cards said he learned more about Scrum in one hour with the Essence cards than he did in the previous six years of being on a Scrum team.”

    In particular, Scrum Essentials can result in a better retrospective, improved selection of process improvements for each sprint, a more clarifying Daily Scrum, and a more valuable shippable increment of product at every Sprint Review.

    Learning Goals In this talk Dr. Ivar Jacobson will respond to the questions ‘why Essence’ and ‘what is Essence’ but focus on the question ‘How does Essence make Scrum better’. In particular, he will describe some new use cases of critical value to teams:

    • Understand the Essentials of Scrum
    • See where you are in your endeavor
    • Plan your own achievements
    • Adapt Scrum to your own needs
    • Live Guidance™
    • Dispersed teams

    Although the focus of the talk is on getting a better Scrum, the talk will naturally extend to getting a better software engineering in general – an objective on the design of Essence by the organizations that created the Essence OMG standard.

    Dr. Ivar Jacobson has been identified as a candidate to the title: ”Father of software engineering”. His contributions span over 50 years starting from components and component architecture in 1968 to the essentials of modern software engineering in 2019. In between, he created Use Cases and what became the Unified Process in 1986 and he was the co-creator of UML in 1997. Ivar has authored eleven books and written hundreds of papers on subjects related to software, system and business engineering.

    A Better Scrum with Essence
  • Abstract: Tokyo keynote July 21: Modern software engineering with Essence

    In this talk Dr. Ivar Jacobson discusses major issues we face when developing software which Essence addresses. A great opportunity to understand ‘Why we need Essence?’

    Tokyo keynote July 21: Modern software engineering with Essence
  • Abstract: 50 years of software engineering, so now what?

    Software Engineering was the theme of a 1968 conference in Garmisch, Germany, with at the time the leading computer scientists and methodologists in the world. That meeting is considered being the beginning of software engineering and by now we have developed the discipline over 50 years.

    "This is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end, but it is perhaps the end of the beginning" (Winston Churchill).

    We are more than 20 million software developers on the planet, with a large number of methods to develop software. However, the most successful recipe for success is a method that focuses on hiring the most brilliant people in the world and empowering them to create wonders. 50 years ago, Ericsson in Sweden did that. Now Apple, Google, Amazon, etc. do that.

    What about the rest of the world? – banks, insurance, airlines, defense, telecom, automotive, etc. How can we get these industries to be more innovative and develop better software, faster, cheaper and with happier customers? How can we do that given that the state of the art of our discipline is in such a chaos, characterized by the multitude of competing methods out there?

    The most powerful way to help the rest of the world to build excellent software is to dramatically increase the competency (and skill) of all of us. There are no shortcuts. Education must start from an understanding of the heart of software development, from a common ground that is universal to all software development endeavors. The common ground must be extensible to allow for any method with its practices to be defined on top of it. This would allow us to sort out the chaos and to increase the competency of all of us. As a plus, that competency increase wouldn't hurt the brilliant people, but make them even more productive than today. In this presentation Dr. Ivar Jacobson will revisit the history of methods, explain why we need to break out of our repetitive dysfunctional behavior, and introduce Essence: a new way of thinking that promises many things, one of them being to dramatically change the way we educate in software development to increase the competency in our profession.

    50 years of software engineering, so now what?
  • Abstract: A Better Scrum with Essence, with Jeff Sutherland

    Daily Scrum practice is plagued with disfunction in over 50% of "agile" teams. This causes projects to be late, over budget, with unhappy customers. The key to agile coaching is to make the dysfunction clear without being directive so a team can decide for itself how to self-organize towards a shippable increment every sprint that delivers real value.

    One of the most effective tools in recent years has been the use of Scrum Essential Cards to coach teams to improve their practices in their organization and explain to everyone who needs to know how the practices work in a specific organization. These cards describe Scrum by using Essence. Essence is the international standard for defining methods and practices. Ivar Jacobson's company has worked with the Co-Creator of Scrum to define a set of cards that provides a complete definition of Scrum consistent with the Scrum Guide. For instance, the cards have been used to have teams "Build Their Own Scrum" to clarify what parts of their implementation need work and define process improvements that need to be made in each sprint. Work with these cards with hundreds of teams shows that the average Scrum team implements 1/3 of the 21 components of Scrum well, 1/3 of the components poorly, and 1/3 of pieces of Scrum not at all. Daily practice with only a third of components working well is like driving a car with wheels missing.

    Exercises with these cards are dramatically revealing about how practices should work, how people on the same team may have different ideas about what practices are, and what a team needs to do next to improve their process. One participant in this exercise using the Scrum cards said he learned more about Scrum in one hour with the Essence cards than he did in the previous six years of being on a Scrum team.

    In particular Essence can result in a better retrospective, improved selection of process improvements for each sprint, a more clarifying Daily Scrum, and a more valuable shippable increment of product at every Sprint Review.

    A Better Scrum with Essence, with Jeff Sutherland