Tuesday, April 9, 2013

13 things the CMMI is not

Dear Reader,

Recently this CMMI Appraiser posted a link for folks who are gathering information about CMMI.  If you would like to expand your knowledge of the Model, click here to read "What is CMMI?"

Fortunately, more organizations are benefiting from embracing the CMMI as a tool for solving business problems.  Unfortunately, there continues to be a lot of misunderstanding about CMMI that needs to be untangled before the lasting value of the framework can be fully grasped.  And so, to help you better understand what the CMMI is, here's my top 13 list of what the CMMI is not.

  1. CMMI is not about getting a CMMI certificate or achieving a CMMI Maturity Level, although that certainly can be an outcome
  2. CMMI is not about forms, documents, and templates
  3. CMMI is not about making everyone do the same thing every time
  4. CMMI is not a methodology
  5. CMMI is not a process
  6. CMMI is not a philosophy or a way of life, although it can influence those things
  7. CMMI is not a set of requirements
  8. CMMI is not a tool that can make you “CMMI compliant” in six months or less
  9. CMMI is not something you “do”
  10. CMMI is not something you “implement”
  11. CMMI is not a document-heavy command-and-control rulebook
  12. CMMI is not an oppressive death march that zaps your team’s energy and turns them into zombies
  13. CMMI is not a race

What the CMMI is: The CMMI is an organizational improvement model that can help companies be more powerful and productive. It is an excellent tool to improve software and engineering product development, and is extremely useful in lighter, agile environments, as well as in larger, structured organizations. In fact, the more we work with the CMMI, and the more we work with organizations that are adopting it, the more we understand that CMMI is a model that's about how great companies perform, regardless of their size or industry.

So what do you get when you untangle the knot? A model for helping you do what you do, better. A framework for putting your company on the path to greatness – that’s what the CMMI is all about.

(Click to read “what is CMMI?”)

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.

Visit www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information about engineering strategy, performance innovation , software process improvement and running a successful CMMI program.

To download eBooks about CMMI, visit Jeff’s Author Page on Amazon.

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