Today’s episode of CMMI-TV was filmed ON LOCATION at a recent DC Software Process Improvement Network (DC SPIN) gathering in Fairfax, Virginia, where I presented on “Agile Resiliency.” An attendee asked about agile organizations getting value from the CMMI. Below is a video clip with my answer, followed by a synopsis of my response. Enjoy!
The CMMI is and important tool for helping agile scale and be resilient to change.
COMMON MISCONCEPTION ABOUT CMMI
- CMMI is a death march that zaps your powers and turns you into zombies
COMMON MISCONCEPTION ABOUT AGILE
- Agile methods are a free-for-all where self-organizing teams can do whatever they want, without writing anything down
A DIFFERENT WAY TO LOOK AT CMMI
Once I asked an audience what their experience was with the CMMI. A gentleman in back raised his hand and said: “Bad.”
The CMMI was never intended to be a burden for agile practitioners (or anyone else). Rather, CMMI is essential to making agile successful.
THE TRUTH ABOUT CMMI and AGILE
- Agile is here to stay
- The one thing that agile doesn’t do very well is scale and be resilient
- CMMI is THE tool that helps agile scale and be resilient
COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT WHY THE CMMI EXISTS
- CMMI exists so that you can get a nice certificate for the wall
- CMMI exists so that you can achieve CMMI Maturity Level 2 or Maturity Level 3 by Monday
- CMMI exists to create a bunch of documents that make your life miserable
- The reason the CMMI and agile work so well together is that they both exist for the same reason
- Both CMMI and agile are about solving your business problems
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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.
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