We're a growing engineering firm in Virginia that is serious about improving our product delivery. We've heard that the CMMI is a model of how great companies perform, and it could really help us, but we don't know much about it. Is there a quick way for us to learn where we stand with the CMMI, and identify places where we could improve? ~Norm
I like the way you're thinking. The CMMI is a great model for "how work gets done" in the best way possible. CMMI is incredibly useful, but it's also quite large and, as you might expect, as complex as your business is (because it's nothing more than a model for how a great business does work).
Ultimately, you will want to engage with Certified Lead Appraiser to conduct an appraisal - it's the only way to really know where you stand. You'll also want to take some CMMI Training. But until you decide to do that, you can take our free "CMMI Micro-Assessment" online here to quickly get some feedback from yours truly, the CMMI Appraiser.
Here's the link: http://www.research.net/s/BSC-Micro-Assessment. Have Fun!
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