Testimonials and experience papers

Below you can find testimonials and experience papers from university professors and educators who used Essence in their courses.

Pekka Abrahamsson

Professor of Information Systems and Software Engineering at University of Jyväskylä, Finland

At NTNU in Norway I had the privilege to teach software engineering to a class with close to 500 CS undergraduate students. I essentialized the teaching, threw the old textbooks out of the window and followed the Essence thinking throughout the course. We had more than 100 student projects delivering successfully a tangible software project and a product. The task was to develop a software robot that revolutionizes university teaching. While these students did not have software engineering experience from before, Essence helped them to see the big picture and placed them in control of their own way of working.

In summary, we have finally a way to move beyond Scrum and Kanban. No more method wars on our campus! Essence is the future in Software Engineering method education and practice.

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Jan-Philipp Steghöfer

Associate Professor, Software Engineering Division, Chalmers | University of Gothenburg, Sweden

In summary, Essence is the first teaching tool I have seen that combines a clear terminology, a construction kit for processes, and a set of serious games that show different process aspects and are useful in both education and practice. When carefully scaffolded and combined with a practical element, Essence provides students insight into the complicated world of processes without overwhelming them. In my future teaching, I will not only continue to use Essence but extend its application in the course and support it with additional teaching material.