What we're about

Essence for Agility is a new community aimed to explore Essence - a standard that enables us to break out of the confines of frameworks and embrace our agile + software practices to create bespoke ways of working that just works, for each of our unique contexts.

Essence intuitively describes all common aspects of a software development endeavour and helps teams understand where they are, what’s missing or what needs to be addressed - regardless of each team’s prescribed way of working. Essence is method-agnostic and helps create a common language between disparate practices so everyone is talking the same language.

Recordings of previous Essence for Agility MeetUps here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/essence-agility-ivar-jacobson/?trackingId=7OeU8BV2KQsZopUUP%2FdZVA%3D%3D .

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Upcoming events (1)

Use-Cases or User Stories... or Both? - with Mike Cohn

Online event

Use Cases and User Stories are two of the most popular practices with agile teams. They both take a user perspective when looking at the requirements and they both work as test items. They have both inspired one another and over the years they've evolved to now be closer than ever.

We're thrilled to host a very special guest who has contributed much to the agile community - Mike Cohn! He has played a seminal role in creating and developing the user story idea.

In the panel discussion with Mike will be:

- Ian Spence, who has worked with Dr. Ivar Jacobson, the creator of use-cases, for more than 15 years and developed the use case idea to be a perfect practice for SAFe
- Bernie Clark, who has much experience in successfully applying use cases with user stories in big banks

With such an incredible lineup this event promises to be insightful, constructive and fun - perhaps with a few surprises!

18:00-18:05: Joining the call and settling in
18:05-18:10: Introductions
18:10-19:10: The Talk

- I will begin admitting people into the call at 18:00.
Before that, you will be on a waitlist to enter
- Please ensure you're muted at all times to minimise disturbance.
- If you would like to ask a question during the talk, use the Chat system.


Mike Cohn is the author of three of best-selling books on agile (User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, Agile Estimating and Planning, and Succeeding with Agile). As the founder of Mountain Goat Software, Mike specializes in helping companies adopt and improve their use of agile processes and techniques in order to build extremely high-performance development organizations. He can be reached at [masked].

Bernie Clark has over 40 years’ experience in the Information Technology industry, gained mostly in the USA and UK. He is an experienced Transformation Coach, Trainer and Scrum Master, with an extensive programming, design, development and methodology background. He first applied Use Cases and UML in the mid 90’s as part of his implementation of the Rational Unified Process at a major brokerage. Although not a defender of complex, multi-page Use Cases nor Big Up Front Requirements, Bernie believes that the organizing principles and logical structure of Use Cases still provide value in a world of User Stories, Journeys and Story Maps and Behavior Driven Development in general. Bernie lives in Nevada where, in his spare time, he enjoys novel writing, golf, photography, astronomy and is itching to get back to traveling the world as Covid abates.

Ian Spence has helped literally 100s of organizations in their agile transformations providing leadership, training, consultancy, facilitation and all levels of coaching. An experienced agile coach, consultant, team leader, analyst, architect, and scrum master, Ian has practical experience of the full project lifecycle and a proven track record of delivery within the highly competitive and challenging IT Solutions environment. His customers include organizations as diverse as the Square Kilometer Array, Deutsche Bank, Microsoft, Sony Interactive Entertainments, Ericsson, Google and the UK Government.

You can find the recording of this event and all other Essence for Agility events on this LinkedIn article: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/essence-agility-ivar-jacobson/

Past events (9)

The Why, How and What of Essence

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