I would like to draw your attention to three recent blog entries: http://sematblog.wordpress.com/
1) "You are a developer - what is in Semat for you".
2) "Agile in everything". One of the underlying principles of Semat is that working with methods needs to be agile (not just the methods themselves but working with them). This implies features not previously found in how to define, use and adapt methods.
3) "A Major Milestone: On the way to a new standard". An RFP of a standard based on the key ideas of Semat has been issued by OMG. Letters of Intent are due on November 22, 2011; submissions are due on February 22, 2012.
This is very good progress, but honestly I don't feel the acceptance of the RFP is a sufficient step to declare success. In the blog "A Major Milestone: On the way to a new standard", we finish by saying:
"Getting the RFP approved by OMG was one of the major milestones of Semat. Quoting Churchill: “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Now we need to create something that will go beyond anything previously done by any standards body working with methods: getting the standard adopted by the broad developer community.
This is a challenge that cannot be overestimated. This requires new fresh ideas that are not typical for standard bodies and methods work. Fortunately, the Semat teams have several such new ideas. ‘Separation of concerns’ and ‘agile in everything’ will guide us, but more is needed.”
We have fresh new ideas for how to describe methods and practices in a very light way, ideas that significantly will improve readability. The kernel will allow us to not just learn practices easily, but most importantly also allow us to use them during real work. Earlier approaches have been completely silent on use, but modern approaches such as Kanban and Lean rely on similar ideas.
The number of people working on Semat has more than doubled over the last couple of months. New chapters of Semat are set up in China and Latin America. Still we would like to welcome more talented people to work with us.