Friday, March 8, 2013

Just getting started with CMMI and engineering process Improvement?

Hey, CMMI Appraiser, I am just getting started with CMMI and engineering process improvement. Is there a good book for beginners? ~ Rikin F.

Hey, Rikin! It’s always a pleasure to welcome new professionals to the rapidly expanding world of engineering process improvement and the CMMI. Personally, I find the CMMI to be highly engaging and rewarding, both personally and professionally. That’s why I spend so much time creating content – including Webinars and eBooks -- to help new engineering and software professionals, like you, learn about using the CMMI as one of the tools that can help improve performance, and put you on the path to greatness.

So, yes, for anyone looking for good information about CMMI for beginners, I invite you to check out some of my popular eBooks available on Amazon (see below):

The CMMI Appraiser’s CMMI Ebooks Available at Amazon:

“How to Spell CMMI”

"How to Spell CMMI" is an introduction to the popular performance improvement model known as the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI). In this book, executives, engineers, and business professionals learn how to think about applying the CMMI to solve their most pressing business challenges. Improving software delivery, achieving a CMMI “certificate” or CMMI Level 2 or CMMI Level 3 rating, developing a strategic weapon to help attract and retain new customers, or getting on the path to becoming a great company – whatever your goals, you’ll find refreshing strategies, insights and humor in, "How to Spell CMMI, An Introduction to the Organizational Performance Improvement Model Everyone’s Buzzing About!"

“Secrets of SCAMPI”

“The Secrets of SCAMPI” is a practical guide that takes engineering and software professionals inside the changing SCAMPI Appraisal. You will be introduced to the new concepts in the latest release of SCAMPI. You will see how they impact the way CMMI Appraisals are conducted. With this guide, you will come to understand how your Lead Appraisers and Appraisal Teams will be evaluating your organization. “The Secrets of SCAMPI” demystifies the process, and lets you in on the secrets of having a successful Appraisal. Spoiler alert – the first secret might shock you: This is supposed to be fun!

There are some other good "hard-copy" books you might want to check out.  One of them is "Real Process Improvement Using the CMMI" by Michael West.  Michael is a good friend and a great author.  It's been around for a while, and it's a good read.  Michael is coming out with a new book in April called "Return on Process: Getting Real Performance Results from Process Improvement."  I'm looking forward to reading it and reviewing it on this blog.

Another one is "High Performance Operations" by Hillel Glazer.  Hillel's also a good friend and an all-around awesome guy.

Hope you enjoy these quick, informative reads, Rikin!  For more eBooks about CMMI, please visit my Author Page on Amazon.

Like this blog? Forward to your nearest engineering or software exec!

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.

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