Nov 27, 2012

Special Lecture on Semat Essence of Software Engineering

I was invited to hold a special lecture in the Introduction to Management Engineering course at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. I presented Semat Essence Theory of Software Engineering to 1st year B.Sc. students in Computer Science and Engineering.

The purpose of the lecture was to introduce this very new material to beginners – Computer Science students.
In this post, I share the Prezi presentation and the slides.

Outline of the lecture

Prezi Presentation

  • The so many things of Software Engineering (SE)
  • Lack of a common ground and Semat Initiative
  • Issues found when learning and practicing SE
  • Semat Essence Theory: Methods, Practices, Kernel, and Language
  • The structure of the Kernel: Concerns, Alphas (+States), Activity Spaces, Competencies
  • Actual Kernel content: Customer, Solution, and Endeavor

PDF Slides

  • Recap of the Kernel structure
  • More on States
  • A Kernel Alpha in detail
  • Using the Kernel in practice
  • What is the Language
  • Scrum representation with the Kernel and the Language


This Prezi is a quick introduction to Essence Theory of Software Engineering for students.

If for any reason the embedded Prezi does not work, it is also available here.


The following are the slides for the practical introduction to Essence Language and the Scrum example.
Please note that they are a sub-set of the slides by Kajko-Mattsson et al., 2012.

Download Essence Kernel, Language and Scrum.

Additional Material

Here is the formal material regarding Essence: Essence Theory OMG submission reduced set.
Please note that this is a short version of the original OMG submission.

See also Graziotin, D and Abrahamsson, P 2013. A Web-based modeling tool for the SEMAT Essence theory of software engineering. Journal of Open Research Software 1(1):e4, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/jors.ad

(Featured Image Credits: Jacobson et al.)


Jacobson et al. (2012), The Essence of Software Engineering: The SEMAT Kernel. ACM Queue. Retrieved from ACM Queue: http://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=2389616.

Kajko-Mattsson et al. (2012), Refounding software engineering: The Semat initiative (Invited presentation). 34th International Conference on: Software Engineering (ICSE). DOI: doi:10.1109/ICSE.2012.6227214“>doi:10.1109/ICSE.2012.6227214.

Semat.org members. (2012), Essence – Kernel and Language for Software Engineering Methods. OMG Document — ad/12-11-01: OMG. Retrieved from OMG: http://semat.org/?p=589.

written by dgraziotin

Dr. Daniel Graziotin received his PhD in computer science, software engineering at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. His research interests include human aspects in empirical software engineering with psychological measurements, Web engineering, and open science. He researches, publishes, and reviews for venues in software engineering, human-computer interaction, and psychology. Daniel is the founder of the psychoempirical software engineering discipline and guidelines. He is associate editor at the Journal of Open Research Software, academic editor at the Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) journal, and academic editor at the Open Communications in Computer Science journal. He is the local coordinator of the Italian Open science local group for the Open Knowledge Foundation. He is a member of ACM, SIGSOFT, and IEEE.

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