Monday, June 29, 2015

Does the CMMI Appraiser Make CMMI Training Fun?

Hey, CMMI Appraiser – We are big believers that training our people doesn’t have to be drudgery.  I heard from some colleagues that your presentation at CMMI Global Congress 2015 was both educational and entertaining.  When is your next CMMI training in Virginia, and can we all attend? ~ Lina R.

Hey, Lina – I’m glad to hear that my keynote presentation “12 Questions Wildly Successful Companies Answer Every Day” left a favorable impression on your colleagues!  As to your questions ...
Yes, we try to make our Virginia CMMI training classes as interesting and entertaining as possible, and yes, everyone's invited!  Most people tell me afterward that they had a blast – but you can find out for yourself on September 23-25, 2015 in Fairfax, Virginia.

Register for INTRODUCTION TO CMMI TRAINING: Fairfax, Virginia -September 23-25, 2015.

I love that you plan to get others to sign up for CMMI training, Lina.  I’d encourage everyone in your company who touches the process to join us.  Also, if you hear one of the following comments, it's a sure sign that person needs CMMI training:

  • “We don’t have a consistent way to estimate a project’s effort and cost.”
  • “We are too busy to do retrospectives or to review lessons learned with the team.”
  • “No one here is responsible for capturing or reviewing metrics related to projects, technology and organizational performance.”
  • “We have repositories for process descriptions, templates, and tools, but no one uses them.”
  • “We have a process for building, installing and delivering our products, but it is not widely understood.”

These are just a few of the complaints made by folks who end up getting the most out of CMMI training.  “Introduction to CMMI-DEV v1.3” is designed to help people at CMMI-focused companies that are looking for guidance on being lighter and more flexible, as well as agile teams that are still seeking the kind of results they’ve been hoping for.

That's the big difference between this Lead Appraiser's approach to the CMMI, and the other guy's. Our focus is on using our agileCMMI methodology to help you learn that the CMMI is about the transformation of the culture of your company.  You’ll see the CMMI as a tool for improving and changing the way your company behaves, so that you can get better at what you are ALREADY doing.  And you’ll take away valuable skills to use immediately, including how to play Planning Poker, do agile program planning and perform retrospectives.

So sign up, and get your company signed up for a 3-day CMMI training class that’s hands-on, interactive, agile, practical, and – yes, yes! -- a whole lot of fun.

We hope to see you there!

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Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified CMMI Instructor, ScrumMaster, author, and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff pioneered agileCMMI, the leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement. He 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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