Monday, January 18, 2016

How will we stay agile?

Hey, CMMI Appraiser - How do we stay agile as we expand into bigger markets?  Already our auto manufacturing customers are making demands that are inconsistent with our agile values ~ Devon P

Hey, Devon,

It’s an important question because so many new adopters, such as the federal government and big defense contractors, are demanding that their vendors “go agile.”  As we say in the automotive industry, where I’ve been working for 30 years: “Suppliers don’t change General Motors, General Motors changes suppliers.”

The same problem happens when working with the Department of Defense. A supplier can have all the best intentions and the right way of going about things, but they will eventually get changed.

The simple truth is this. If we want to remain agile, we need to agree on a resilient model that can withstand the attempts of these new players to change our values.

You can learn more on our “Everything You Need to Know” webinar series this week.  We’ll show you how integrating the architectural strengths of the CMMI can help you go agile, and remain agile by making agile resilient enough to thrive and scale throughout your organization.

Sign up: Everything You Need to Know: Agile Transformation!
Wednesday, Jan 20 @ noon EST

Sign up: Everything You Need to Know: Agile Resiliency!
Friday, Jan 22 @ noon EST

Join us if you can, and good luck!

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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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