Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What is the Agile Scrum Learning Experience?

Dear CMMI Appraiser, what is the Agile Scrum Learning Experience and is it the best kind of agile training for my team? We are a 31-year old software engineering organization in Northern Virginia that uses Waterfall. ~ Simon W.

Simon,

It really doesn't matter what methods or approaches you currently use when deciding between agile training classes. Instead, focus on picking a class designed around how you learn best.

So let's explore this.  Do you find you're more engaged -- and learning more -- when you get to play games, do exercises, tell stories and listen to your peers? Is it useful for you to work with real life examples, experiences, lessons and proven techniques?  Is it important that you take away – and retain – valuable information to be used on the job, immediately?


These are the concepts driving the "Agile Scrum Learning Experience" training class, which takes place in August in San Diego, CA.  The Agile Scrum Learning Experience provides an opportunity to learn about agile values, frameworks, and techniques the way many people say they learn best.

This class is useful for those who are preparing to sit for the Professional Scrum Master and Professional Scrum Product Owner certification exams from scrum.org, or just want get hands-on, experiential training environment about User Stories, Planning Poker, and more.  Here are the details:

Agile Scrum Learning Experience | August 16th-17th, 2016 | San Diego, CA

Register here

So, Simon, it's your call.  There are many options when you're looking for agile training.  But if you're interested in taking a journey into agile values, Scrum, and a collection of popular agile techniques and ceremonies, and want come away with an understanding of how to how to deploy a scalable and resilient approach to agile and Scrum that integrates agile values, methods and techniques, you should definitely consider this class.

Good luck!

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Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified CMMI Instructor, author and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff has taught thousands of students in CMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Does anyone win at scaling agile?

Hey, CMMI Appraiser, our biggest challenge is scaling agile. Does anyone win at this? ~ Dale K.

Dale, scaling agile is the ultimate win for just about everyone who cares about software process improvement, engineering strategy and performance innovation. When you understand how useful agile values, methods and techniques are for solving business problems, you just want see the whole organization pick it up and run with it.

The good news is, yes, there is a winning way to scale agile ...


But before you get to the high-fives and back slaps, it's always necessary to defend yourself from the nay-sayers. Everyone’s got an opinion, and some engineering and software executives and professionals complain that agile just doesn’t work across the enterprise. They claim agile doesn’t scale. Even when they hear about a tool like the CMMI, which was designed to help companies scale the way they work, they are reluctant to take the first step.

But that’s the cool thing about the CMMI. When adopted properly, it’s the perfect tool for making agile scale across the enterprise. The CMMI gives you the ability to make immediate improvements that strengthen agile in your company, which shores it up for wider adoption.

How does CMMI strengthen agile? By helping you know more about the way you work.

Knowledge is important. Any smart engineering or project manager would agree with that. Knowing how to do something and knowing what to do are very important parts of succeeding, and making the customers happy.

CMMI accelerates that process. It jump starts your knowledge, and makes you much more successful, much quicker.

Example? Let’s pick one of our agile values that we want to scale across the enterprise. Let’s say we want to scale our value of having an agile way of dealing with risk.

The CMMI guides us to ask questions that will help us learn more about how we work. Specific to this value, it guides us to gain more knowledge about the way we deal with risk. So the first CMMI question we need to ask, as we roll this out, is the following:

“What are the methods and techniques that we’re going to use to support the value of having an agile way of dealing with risk?”

It starts with our values. We want to approach risk management iteratively and incrementally. We want to get those issues of risk when they’re young, and deal with them in small pieces. We want to prioritize them and get them out of the way.

The CMMI helps us decide HOW we will do what we WANT to do.

So let’s say Scrum is the tool we are going to use to deal with risk iteratively and incrementally. We plan to execute a Daily Stand-up, where we’re going to be talking about risk.

This is a resilient way of dealing with risk. Our Techniques (Daily Stand-up) support our Methods (Scrum) which support our Values (being a company that deals iteratively and incrementally with issues and risks).

Notice the traceability. Everything we do traces back to why we’re doing it. In this way, the CMMI helps us define HOW we do what we do. It strengthens agile and makes it more resilient, so that it can scale.

So, Dale, scaling agile is enabled by defining our agile values, methods and techniques, and making them stronger and more resistant to change. The CMMI helps us do that.

That’s the winning formula for scaling agile.

If you would like deeper insight on this topic, feel free to join our free webinar, "Scaling and Strengthening Agile" on July 20th.

Sign up here.

Good luck!

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Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified CMMI Instructor, author and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff has taught thousands of students in CMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Did you know that the CMMI Appraiser is on Twitter?

Hey, CMMI Appraiser – we’re new to Twitter.  Who should we follow to make sure we’re getting the latest strategies, observations and insights about CMMI, agile and software performance improvement? ~ Brian D.

Dear Readers,

New people still seem to be joining social media every day, so this is as good a time as any to let everyone know.  Ask the CMMI Appraiser is on Twitter!  And we're very active - tweeting many times a day - so give us a follow.

www.twitter.com/CMMIAppraiser

Our community of over 900 followers is already liking, re-tweeting and otherwise enjoying our frequent tweets packed with CMMI, agile and performance improvement knowledge.  Why not join the movement?  We're different because we help you focus on the fact that process improvement, agile, and CMMI are all about one thing: the transformation of the culture of your company.

Don't miss out! Click to follow "@CMMIAppraiser".

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Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified CMMI Instructor, author, and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff has taught thousands of students in CMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

Visit www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information about engineering strategy, performance innovation, software process improvement and running a successful CMMI program.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

How can we get agile and CMMI info from inside the firewall?


We love your blog, but where can we get more information about agile and CMMI? Not everyone can get access to www.asktheCMMIAppraiser.com from inside our firewall.

~ Ron B.

Hey, Ron, fist bump! I love that kind of question. My friend, we are ALL OVER the social media. And on every media outlet we provide a wealth of FREE information about process improvement, performance innovation, agile and CMMI. 

But the first and best place to go is to our main site, www.broadswordsolutions.com. We put a ton of free content there -- videos, webinars, articles and eBooks -- something for every learning style, and it's all free.

You also may want to join us in the steady stream of Twitter updates. For example, let’s scroll through the updates to see what’s going on in our Agile Scrum Training class right now:




In these pics, you can witness the hands-on exercises as folks learn to be Scrum Masters, Scrum Product Owners, or Team members on an agile team.  Some are preparing to sit for the Professional Scrum Master and Professional Scrum Product Owner certification exams from scrum.org.  

This is just a snapshot of one moment in one day.  Following me on Twitter is a great way to get a look at our agile scrum training classes in action, plus a whole bunch of other interesting stuff, every day, all day.

Follow the CMMI Appraiser on Twitter. Click here!

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Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified CMMI Instructor, author and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff has taught thousands of students in CMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Why Attend Capability Counts 2016? Reason #1: To Make Connections!

Ahoy, shipmates! Capability Counts 2016 is now just days away! The big event happens on May 10-11 in Annapolis, Maryland, and I can't wait to share this experience with you.

You know, having been to Annapolis many times, I’ve seen first-hand their wonderful spirit and passion for adventure. So it should surprise no one that Annapolis was selected as this year’s gathering place for engineering and software executives and practitioners who are passionate about the adventure of performance innovation, process improvement and building capability.

As I put together my list of reasons to attend Capability Counts 2016, I considered that having a great adventure was a combination of building capability (Reason #5), playing agile games (Reason #4), crowning a capability champion (Reason #3) and being with great organizations (Reason #2). It all comes together in Reason #1.

Drum roll please …

Reason #1: Capability Counts 2016 is where you can make connections.



It’s true that, in the past, every SEPG conference and CMMI Congress gave you the chance to be with like-minded professionals who are just as passionate as you are about process and performance improvement. Capability Counts 2016 offers even more. At Capability Counts 2016, you will ...

Connect (or re-connect) with Washington, DC-area customers and clients

We all want to stay connected with our Washington, DC-area customers, but the reality is that everyone’s busy - and America is a big place! We’re solving problems and flying at a hundred miles an hour. It can be hard to slow down and find time to spend together. Well, Capability Counts 2016 gives us that time. The two-day conference offers myriad opportunities to share with your customers why you are so passionate about organizational process and performance improvement, and for them to share the same with you.

Connect (or re-connect) with business partners

There’s no better place than Capability Counts 2016 to form strategic relationships with compatible companies from all around the world. Someday, an opportunity will arise in which you will be glad you have an international partner you can work with and trust. By forming these relationships at Capability Counts 2016, you’ll form strong, personal relationships with potential partners.

What I love is that Capability Counts 2016 offers these rich networking opportunities in addition to the robust technical program. That means you can learn while connecting with familiar faces and starting new relationships.

To me, spending time with quality people is one of the best adventures life has to offer. I hope you’ll join us in Annapolis, and show us how important making connections is to YOU.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER ONLINE! SIGN UP HERE.

See you at Capability Counts 2016!

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Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified CMMI Instructor, author and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff has taught thousands of students in CMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

Visit www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Why Attend Capability Counts 2016? Reason #2: To Be with Great Organizations!

All hands on deck! We're racing our sloop Improvement into the Harbor of Higher Performance for Capability Counts 2016, the world-renowned capability-building party for the software and engineering industry on May 10-11 in Annapolis.  We need your help to make it a winner!

Haven’t decided to join in on the fun yet?  No problem!  I’ve been counting down my Top 5 Reasons to Attend Capability Counts 2016 to aid your decision-making process. If you missed it ...

Reason #5 is “To Build Capability!

Reason #4 is “To Play Agile Games!

Reason #3 is “To Crown a Capability Champion!

And today we're down to the second reason to be at Capability Counts 2016.  Drum roll please …

Reason #2: Capability Counts 2016 is where you can be with great organizations.


One thing you can count on, at Capability Counts 2016, you’re among friends. We don’t think it’s boastful to share stories of success and capability building. Rather, we want to find out from each other what’s working. So if you are doing something with performance innovation and and process improvement that is really helping put your company on the path to greatness, your peers would love to hear about it.

People will be coming to Capability Counts 2016 from a variety of backgrounds. Some are Certified Lead Appraisers seeking to get better at guiding their customers. Some are CMMI program sponsors who are looking for innovative and creative solutions for delivering on-time, high-quality software to their customers back home. Others are just learning how to spell “CMMI” and "agile" for the first time.

What we all share is a common interest in process, performance, and organizational improvement.

And here’s a shocker. Some of the conference attendees are actively looking for a potential solutions provider. If you are a CMMI Institute Partner, it would probably be a good idea to be at least a little bit visible, would you agree?

One way to increase your visibility is to take advantage of the sponsorship or exhibiting opportunities Capability Counts 2016 offers. Another option is simply to drop anchor and talk with folks about what you do. That’s what we’re there for!

I attended my first SEPG conference many years ago. You know what I’ve been saying ever since? Come to the conference for the technical sessions, but stay for the networking. You never know when you’re talking with your next big client – or your next Partner.

Capability Counts 2016 is a great place to be in the company of great companies.  Register here.

See you at the show!

Need more reasons to go? Stay tuned for Reason #1!

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Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified CMMI Instructor, author and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff has taught thousands of students in CMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

Visit www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Why Attend Capability Counts 2016? Reason #3: To Crown a Capability Champion!

Captain’s report: The good sloop Improvement has set a proper course for Capability Counts 2016 (formerly known as SEPG North America). We will arrive in Annapolis, Maryland, hale and hearty and ready to party on May 10-11!

For those who haven’t yet decided to join us, I’ve been counting down my Top 5 Reasons to Attend Capability Counts 2016. If you missed it, Reason #5 was “To Build Capability!”  Reason #4 was “To Play Agile Games.”  And here we go with Reason #3.

Drum roll please …

Reason #3 to Attend Capability Counts 2016: To Crown a Capability Champion!

Another new feature of Capability Counts 2016 is The Capability Challenge.

The Capability Challenge is awesome!

A business competition that began in November in a special webinar broadcast, The Capability Challenge, hosted by the CMMI Institute, matches the best against the best in a battle of strengths. The contestants, also known as the “Capability Challengers”, have been competing for the best business success story through a series of webinars. The sparks have been flying!

In each round, four companies presented their success stories in 15-minute segments on an hour-long webinar. These software and engineering innovators discussed ways they sustained process capability in a diminishing environment, improved the effectiveness of global service management delivery processes, increased productivity and reduced costs, and more. At the end of each webinar, attendees voted on the best capability improvement story.

The final showdown happens at Capability Counts 2016 with a Special Panel, the Capability Challenge Finals, where the four remaining Challengers will present their stories in front of the entire community – and YOU will vote for the Capability Champion.

Don’t miss this incredible event! Come to Capability Counts 2016, watch the competition, hear the stories of building capability, and help us discover our 2016 Capability Challenge Champion. The winner will be announced at the closing of the conference.

See you there!

Need more reasons to go? Stay tuned for Reason #2!

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Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified CMMI Instructor, author and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff has taught thousands of students in CMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

Visit www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Why Attend Capability Counts 2016? Reason #4: To Play Agile Games!

Ahoy there! The sloop Improvement is all set to sail for the annual conference I like to call the “Greatest Show on Earth!” Yes, Capability Counts 2016 happens on May 10-11 in one of the oldest ports in the New World, Annapolis, Maryland (est. 1649), and we'd love for you to be there!

To help everybody get their sea legs for the event, we decided to count down the Top 5 Reasons to Attend Capability Counts 2016. If you missed it, reason #5 was “To Build Capability!”  Today we’re tacking our course for process improvement and performance innovation with Reason #4.

Drum roll please! Reason #4 is …

Play Agile Games!


Reason #4: Capability Counts 2016 is a place where you can acquire and develop skills while playing agile games

So much is new for Capability Counts 2016. But of all the new events, one of the busiest and most hands-on is sure to be Gamer’s Alley!

Gamer’s Alley

Gamer’s Alley is a fun, competitive environment, where engineering executives and professionals can learn new agile skills in the ultimate learning experience. If you love a test of wits and get fired up over the idea of having a coach helping you win, this is the session for you. You’ll learn more about collaboration, iterative delivery, and continuous improvement in a hands-on environment that leverages CMMI and Agile methods. Your coaches and facilitators are experienced Game Masters who are also CMMI and Agile coaches and instructors. Make sure you stop by and check out concurrent events including the XP Game, the Collaboration Game, and more! There will be prizes and plenty of fun.

Who should come to the Gamer’s Alley Track? Whether you’re just starting your capability journey, learning how to use CMMI in an Agile environment, or a seasoned veteran, you’ll take away valuable lessons that you can use right away.

Here are the bios of the Expert Agile Coaches who will be working with you in Gamer’s Alley:

Jeff Dalton, Broadsword

Pedro Castro Henriques, Strongstep

C├ęsar Duarte, Scraim & Strongstep

Register here for Capability Counts 2016.

Need more reasons to go? Stay tuned for Reason #3!

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Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified CMMI Instructor, author and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff has taught thousands of students in CMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

Visit www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information.

Capability Counts 2016 Podcast #3: Alex Stall!


On Monday I was lucky enough to snag Alex Stall for our third Podcast for Capability Counts 2016! Alex is the CMMI Institute's CMMI practice leader, and he'll be appearing at the conference May 10-11 in Annapolis, MD.  Register today!


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If you want a special "Ask the CMMI Appraiser" discount code, send me an email at appraiser@broadswordsolutions.com.

To register for the conference, go to www.cmmiinstitute.com/conferences today!

Capability Counts DISCOUNT CODES are here!

Thinking of coming to Capability Counts 2016 in Annapolis May 10-11?

This conference, formerly known as "SEPG," will be a collection of several hundred process improvement and CMMI experts from around the world - and you definitely want to be there!

Your CFO will be happy to hear that The Appraiser can give you $200 smackers off the registration fee!

Message me at appraiser@broadswordsolutions.com for your code.

Register for the conference at www.cmmiinstitute.com/conferences

Capability Counts 2016 Podcast #2: Becky Fitzerald!

Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing the talented and accomplished (and nice!) Becky Fitzgerald, who will be a featured speaker at this year's Capability Counts conference.  Listen below:


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If you want a special "Ask the CMMI Appraiser" discount code, send me an email at appraiser@broadswordsolutions.com.

To register for the conference, go to www.cmmiinstitute.com/conferences today!


Capability Counts 2016 Podcast #1: Tom Cagely

Last week I had the honor of interviewing Tom Cagely, Podcaster, consultant, and VP of DCG, on his upcoming speech at Capability Counts 2016 in Annapolis.  Tom will be speaking on May 10 - don't miss it!


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Register for Capability Counts 2016 at www.cmmiinstitute.com/conferences today!

Email me for your own private "Ask the CMMI Appraiser" discount code!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Capability Counts 2016 is coming to Annapolis May 10-11!

Capability Counts 2016 is coming!

Join us May 10-11 in Annapolis, MD to hear over 50 speakers, play games, take classes, and network with other practitioners that are passionate about increasing professional capability!

I'll be speaking on Tuesday, and leading the "Gamer's Alley" track!  Don't miss it!



Thursday, April 7, 2016

Why Attend Capability Counts 2016? Reason #5: To Build Capability!

All hands on deck! It's time to get ready for Capability Counts 2016 in Annapolis, Maryland, on May 10-11!

I’ve got to admit, what's the first thought that flashes through my mind when I think about being in Annapolis next month? Seafood!  Ah, delicious, Maryland Crab Soup! Crab cake sandwiches! Oysters on the half-shell with horseradish and a dash of Old Bay Seasoning. If you love shellfish and authentic, local cuisine, you surely are in for a treat this year. For seafood, Annapolis is heaven on earth.

But just as there is more than one way to crack open a steamed Blue Crab, there are many great reasons to attend Capability Counts 2016. For the days leading up to the conference, I’ll be counting down the Top 5 Reasons to be there. So let’s get started with Reason #5.


Reason #5: Capability Counts 2016 is a place where you can consume vast quantities of knowledge toward building capability (and not gain any weight!)

Yes, based on my past experience with this event I called “The Greatest Show on Earth) (f/k/a SEPG conference, f/k/a CMMI Congress), attendees of Capability Counts 2016 can expect to consume a lot of knowledge about building capability:
  • Expert Insights: You’ll have opportunities to attend presentation after presentation by industry experts from all over the world, and to connect with organizations and individuals looking to build capability and elevate performance. 
  • Special Track: There’s even a special track that helps you learn more about how to start your capability journey and will put you in contact with peers who face business challenges similar to yours.
  • Best Practices: Best of all, you’ll get to acquire best practices and hear success stories from professionals who have decades of experience helping organizations build their capabilities.
It’s a pretty impressive spread. Learning experiences range from formal presentations to tutorials to workshops to informal conversations and social interactions. We’ll share strategies and tactics, tips and techniques, best practices to adopt, and pitfalls to avoid.  New this year will be a "Gamers' Alley" track and a panel of Capability Challengers (more on these in a future post).  And we’ll have the truly unforgettable experience of building our capability, together.

Yes, Capability Counts 2016 offers a veritable CMMI feast. But what did you expect?  When so many great people bring to the table their passion for process improvement, performance innovation and CMMI, it’s an all-you-can-consume buffet.

Sign up for Capability Counts 2016.

Need more reasons to go? Stay tuned for Reason #4!

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Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified CMMI Instructor, author and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff has taught thousands of students in CMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

Visit www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Can I take a CMMI Training class in San Diego, and get PDUs?

Hey, CMMI Appraiser ... Help! My boss says I need to take a CMMI Training class in San Diego. Can I do that? Also, as a PMP, I’m interested in knowing whether there will be any PDUs for your classes ~ Paul F.

Hey, Paul … yes, and yes!  (Don't you love it when the answer is Yes?  If only everything in life was so affirmative!)

Designed for executives, engineers and business professionals, our CMMI Training classes help participants learn use the CMMI as a set of guidelines to improve organizational performance, as well as how to design a flexible architecture for continuous process improvement. YES, we have a class in San Diego in June, and YES, you can receive 21 PDUs towards your PMP certification upon completion. So join us!



Register here: Introduction to CMMI-DEV Training
June 1 @ 8:00 am - June 3 @ 5:00 pm
San Diego, CA

As you may know from your boss, Paul, Introduction to CMMI Training classes are required for those who wish to participate in a SCAMPI Appraisal, want to enroll in Intermediate Concepts of CMMI, and/or undergo SCAMPI Lead Appraiser training or CMMI Instructor training. they are recommended for anyone with an interest in improving software and engineering performance. This 3-day class is hands-on, interactive, and a whole lot of fun, so sign up and tell a friend!

We hope to see you in San Diego!

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Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified CMMI Instructor, author and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff has taught thousands of students in CMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

Visit www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information.

Monday, March 28, 2016

CMMI Certification - what is it and how do I get it?

Hey, CMMI Appraiser, my boss asked me to look into a CMMI Certification. What is it and how do I get it? ~ Neil S.

Hey, Neil, what a great question!

The Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) is more popular than ever. Given the increasing rate at which the Model is being adopted, sometimes we find ourselves so deep in conversations about organizational performance innovation and software process improvement that we forget that there are new people coming onboard every day. They hear their bosses tell them to find out about something called “CMMI certification” and go to Google for clues. So, welcome, Neil. The party’s just getting started!


That’s right, I said party! As a certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser who has worked in the industry for many years, I’ve come to think of the CMMI as one big party, and everyone is invited!

Now, to answer your question, to begin with, the CMMI Institute discourages the phrase "CMMI certification" and instead likes us to refer to a company as having "achieved CMMI Level 2" (or Level 3, Level 4, Level 5). Note that organizations achieve CMMI, people do not. 

Many people use to the phrase "CMMI certification," so you often see it in the metatags of sites (like this one, Broadsword's, and the CMMI Institute's). But the truth is, you "achieve" a level of CMMI by building, deploying, and managing a process within your engineering and project management organizations that reflects the best-practices identified in the process areas of the CMMI model. Once institutionalization is apparent, you bring in a CMMI Institute-authorized SCAMPI Lead Appraiser to lead you through a SCAMPI Appraisal.

Depending on the appraisal type you select, it will result in either a gap analysis or a set of formal findings that identify your company as having achieved (or not achieved) CMMI Level 2, CMMI Level 3, Level 4 or Level 5.

So, while the phrase “CMMI certification” is common on Web sites and conversations throughout the industry, a better question is as follows: “How do we achieve a CMMI level rating?”

Let me repeat for clarity. You achieve a CMMI Rating ("a level") by building, deploying, and managing a process architecture within your engineering and project management organizations and you use the best practices identified in the process areas of the CMMI model to make it better. That's it! Once institutionalization is apparent, you can then engage with a CMMI Institute-certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser to lead you through a SCAMPI Appraisal. For many organizations, it makes sense to work with a CMMI consultant to help you decide when it is best to appraise your organization. There are many certified lead appraiser who can help you as a consultant as well.

But keep in mind: The CMMI is not about getting a CMMI certificate or achieving a CMMI Maturity Level. As I said above, the CMMI is more like a party, an ongoing celebration, a model to help guide you in your quest for becoming a great company … and you’re invited!

For more information, please feel free to visit the Broadsword web site, or check out our webinar, "All about CMMI!"

Webinar: "All about CMMI!"
Date/Time: April 18, 2016 @ noon EDT
Registration: Sign up here.

See you on the webinar!

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Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified CMMI Instructor, author and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff has taught thousands of students in CMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

Visit www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information.