Thursday, March 13, 2008

German Company Blows CMMI Quiz

A certain German company that specializes in SPICE has been trying hard to break into CMMI in the North American market. They've showed up in my backyard a few times. Their monthly "CMMI Quiz" that they spam across our nation just came to my mailbox this morning. I answer this quiz (correctly mind you . . . ) every month within two minutes of receiving it, but do I ever win the $50 gift certificate? Well this month they really revealed their knowledge of CMMI with this winner-of-a-quiz:

A CMMI Maturity Level 5 organization must have…

a: All Process Areas at Capability Level 5
b: At least the Process Management Process Areas at Capability Level 5
c: All Process Areas minimally at Capability Level 3 and at least one selected sub-process at Capability Level 5
d: The Maturity Level 5 Process Areas at Capability Level 5


Do any of you blog'sters see what's wrong here? Remember, they asked about "Maturity Level 5." Here was my response in the quiz email:

My answer is: NONE OF THE SELECTIONS ARE CORRECT! Wow. I’m amazed at this!

The correct answer is “All Maturity Level Two and Three Process Areas performing at Maturity Level Three AND selected sub-processes from those 18 PA’s performing at ML5.

In order to be performing ML5 you must have implemented baselines and models (OPP), quantitatively managed the sub-processes (QPM), used statistical data to select and pilot innovations (OID), and implement those innovations (CAR) on selected sub processes. But there is no requirement for all PA’s to be performing at CL5, or ML5 for that matter.

Your use of “Capability Level” throughout this betrays your lack of understanding of model representations.

Here's the breakdown:

a: All Process Areas at Capability Level 5

Not correct. We don’t “mix” Capability and Maturity Levels like this. One uses the Continuous Representation, the other the Staged Representation. There is an “Staged equivalency”, but this is not how it is applied. If using the staged approach, GG4 and GG5 DO NOT APPLY

b: At least the Process Management Process Areas at Capability Level 5

Not correct. They may be part of this, but we would not include just those, and I doubt we would statistically manage OID and CAR.

c: All Process Areas minimally at Capability Level 3 and at least one selected sub-process at Capability Level 5

Not correct. This may be close, but but no cigar. Only one sub process would not pass muster with the SEI AND we would not mix “Capability Level” and “Maturity Level” like this

d: The Maturity Level 5 Process Areas at Capability Level 5

Not correct. Again, we would not mix these, and there is no requirement to perform GG4 and GG5 if using the Staged Representation.

Keep studying guys - I hope you're clients aren't reading this!

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