Wednesday, June 20, 2018

What’s different about the new CMMI V2.0 Training classes?

Hey, CMMI Appraiser, I took your “Introduction to CMMI-DEV v1.3” training in Detroit, Michigan.  Now we’re looking at a 2020 appraisal, and want to get our Lead Appraisal Team together for CMMI 2.0. What’s changed in the CMMI 2.0 Training class? ~ Mitch M. 

Mitch, thanks for staying in touch. As I said in class, the CMMI is 100% about solving business problems. It’s not about documents, ratings or certificates. That’s one thing that will never change. In fact, CMMI V2.0 focuses even more on that.

But you’re right – just about everything else changes with the CMMI 2.0 upgrade, including the way the CMMI Training class is conducted.

To begin with, there no longer will be a 3-day “Introduction to CMMI” class.

It’s still a 3-day commitment for you though. But instead of one class, there are two classes. The first class, “Foundations of Capability,” is two days, followed by a one-day “Building DEV Excellence” class.


Many significant changes occur in the two-day part of the class.

CMMI V2.0 Associate Exam Included 

Included in the price, and as part of the class, you get the CMMI V2.0 Associate Exam. Now, everyone who takes the class will have an opportunity to become certified, but you don't HAV to take ik - unless you want to be on an appraisal team.  Which brings us to . . .

New Appraisal Team Requirements 

Everyone who will be on your Appraisal Team for CMMI V2.0 will need to complete the CMMI V2.0 Associate Exam successfully. Previously, it was only necessary for them to complete the class. Now, you also have to take the test and pass it.

You Get Access to a Model Viewer 

During the CMMI V2.0 training class, you will be given a license to use the Model Viewer. As the name implies, the Model Viewer is your view of the Model, replacing the old “constellations” such as DEV, SVC and ACQ. You’ll be able to use the Model Viewer in class, as you’re learning, and for up to thirday days afterward for the test.

So that's the required two-day class. It is followed by the required one-day class.


This class is your one day add-on if your organization is interested in an appraisal for CMMI Development, or if you just want to learn about CMMI Development.

Think of it as a supplement class, like the ones available today for SVC or DEV. The one-day CMMI V2.0 class serves the same function. You can take the DEV supplement, and in the future take a SVC or the People or a Cyber Security supplement – whatever you choose to add on to your basic Foundations of Capability certification.

My classes take place three days in a row. We administer the CMMI Associate Exam on the third day, so that everyone gets the benefit of all three days before they have to take the test. You can sign up for one here:

Just remember that your team must complete the CMMI certification exam before they can sit on an appraisal team.

Looking forward to seeing you in the new CMMI V2.0 class!

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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 training classes and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

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