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 .

Learn more here: https://essence.ivarjacobson.com/services/what-essence

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Navigating the Agile Development Landscape

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Even if your organization has committed to an Agile approach, there are still many choices to make.

There are so many practices and techniques to choose from:
Customer Journey, Value Stream, Use Cases, BizOps, Story Maps, User Stories, Use Case Slices, Feature-Driven, Behavior-Driven, Test-Driven, Use Case-Driven, Scrum, MobiusLoop, Scaled Agile approaches, Team Topologies, DevOps, to name just a few.

Some of these each uniquely address a specific aspect of the development lifecycle (not just software). Others may overlap or compete head-to-head, while some complement each other seamlessly.

An additional challenge is that these specialized approaches, though tremendously valuable, have rarely been created with other practices in mind.

How do you choose?
How do you integrate these seemingly isolated islands of practice?

Join us for this panel discussion, where we will consider the key aspects of supporting a product development lifecycle, from Idea to Implementation, to determine what you really need and which practices satisfy those needs.

We'll talk about pros and cons, what works with what and, crucially, how to build the bridges to create an integrated suite of practices for navigating your own landscape.


  • Gabrielle Benefield, creator of the Mobius Loop
  • Dave Farley, CI/CD, DevOps , Automated Testing, Building Better SW Faster
  • Jeff Patton, creator of the Story Maps
  • Ian Spence, ISAgile, co-creator of Essence at Ivar Jacobson International

18:00-18:05: Joining the call and settling in
18:05-18:10: Introductions
18:10-19:15: Panel Discussion + Q&A


  • 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.

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/

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