The other day I spoke with a Quality Assurance Manager who said she was doing some research on engineering performance improvement methods and tools. From what she had gleaned from the so-called CMMI experts, the CMMI requires companies to fill out a lot of forms and document everything. Worse, it forces everyone to all behave in exactly the same way, completely without creativity, and destroys the company culture. “The CMMI is a mystery to me,” she said. “Why do companies choose to adopt it?”
It sounded more like a horror movie to me!
I reassured my new friend that the CMMI is none of those things. It is intended as a tool to help you make your job environment much better. Spoiler alert! This is supposed to be fun.
So why do companies choose the CMMI? In my work as a CMMI Appraiser, I see the same seven scary situations that software and engineering professionals have overcome with the CMMI. If you share their challenges, these are the advantages you are likely to receive:
- If you are having trouble with estimates, CMMI can help make your estimates better.
- If you are having trouble with late projects, CMMI can help improve predictability.
- If your bosses are micromanaging you, CMMI can give them more information to help them understand what is going on with projects.
- If you have a lot of tedious rework, CMMI can help avoid that by making sure the requirements are right when you get them, bringing clarity and validation to the process.
- 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.
- If you are a great company but are struggling to define and scale the Way you do business, companywide, the CMMI can help.
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March 19, 2013, in Bedford, Massachusetts @ Boston SPIN – "Agile Resiliency: How CMMI Can Make Agile Thrive and Survive"
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April 26, 2013, in Detroit, Michigan @ PMI Great Lakes 2013 Symposium – “Agile Resiliency” and "Process Innovation at the Speed of Life"
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May 8, 2013, in Fairfax, Virginia, in partnership with CC Pace – "Agile CMMI Learning Day"
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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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