Hey CMMI Appraiser – We are seeing a lot of government contracts going to other small agile shops that have somehow managed to get a CMMI rating. We’d like to compete, but are concerned the effort and cost of getting a CMMI level would crush us. How much does it cost to adopt CMMI? ~ Chris O’R
You are correct. Small companies all over North America are figuring out ways to achieve the competitive advantages that CMMI can give them. So if you REALLY want to avoid getting crushed, the question is not, “How much does it cost to adopt CMMI?” The question is, “How much does it cost if we DO NOT adopt CMMI?”
As small-business leaders in our industry, we understand we need to invest in building a foundation that can support quality operations and business growth. But just because very large corporations spend hundreds of thousands of dollars adopting CMMI, there’s no need for very small companies to do the same.
That’s exactly how more small, agile organizations like yours and mine have been taking advantage of the value and opportunity CMMI brings to their business – and some are VERY small. Many are utilizing "subscription services" that are offered by various CMMI Institute Partners to help spread the cost and get the help they need at a manageable cost.
But the cool thing about the CMMI is it helps you learn to behave like a great company, without all of the overhead. For example, CMMI helps us establish an infrastructure to provide us information to understand what is going on with projects and what we need to do to get better. So if you have a lot of tedious rework, CMMI can help avoid that by bringing clarity and validation to the process by making sure the requirements are right when you get them. If you have unhappy customers, CMMI can help put a framework in place that helps you manage their expectations. If you experience a lot of chaos in your business, CMMI can help you bring stability to that as well.
And the cool thing about a subscription service is that emerging businesses like yours can take advantage of virtual tools, prepackaged events, just-enough-and-not-too-much consulting, and assistance on demand. You’ll reach your goal affordably … WITHOUT getting crushed.
More information is available at www.cmmixs.com.
Note: large organizations interested in pursuing the benefits of a CMMI adoption are invited to visit our corporate web site at www.broadswordsolutions.com.
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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.