CMMI, the Capability Maturity Model Integrated,

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CMMI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What tool should we use for our Process Asset Library?

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The best criteria for the success of a process asset library is its user acceptability. Is it inviting enough to attract users for browsing it? Is it friendly enough to give maximum information through minimum clicks? Is it having the characteristic of one document flowing into the other or one data leading to other?

My suggestion would be to evaluate the tools on the basis of the criteria as identified in the questions above. Some more criteria can be discovered after brain-storming. A formal DAR will give a solution.

My impression is – after all this – you will be inspired enough to develop a customized tool for yourself.

I may not name any specific tool as you can easily get their names by some web-surfing. However, make sure that you do not start getting driven by tool formalism and start thinking the way tool makes you think.

How do we know the company is CMMI Level 5 or not?

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Most of the companies, unless there are very specific reasons, are interested in listing their website on the SEI PARS Website ( The PARS allows the confidential information of the appraisal like project name, etc., to remain confidential, is so desired. The Lead Appraiser has to identify this – as sensitive and then it is not displayed. It may happen sometimes that the Appraiser and the Appraisal Sponsor has not discussed this – and an omission may happen. One can ask, why the company has not preferred to be listed on the SEI PARS website.

There are some other ways to evaluate this:

  1. Company will have the Final Findings Presentation identifying the assessed maturity level.
  2. Company will have the Appraisal Disclosure Statement signed by Lead Appraiser and the Appraiser Sponsor.
  3. Company may have a document showing the Assessed Maturity Level showing the Appraisal Dates and signed by Lead Appraiser and ATM Members. This document may contain the Appraisal Identification Number. The Appraisal ID is the number by which the Appraisal is logged into the SEI Appraisal System (SAS) by the Lead Appraiser.

What are the implementation risks faced by an organization during CMMI Implementation?

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There are many risks that are encountered. It will depend on organization’s size, culture and type of work.

Some common risks encountered are:

  1. In general, most of the people, and even PMs feign ignorance, despite repeated and focused trainings. There is immense lack of attitude as well as knowledge in understanding the processes. People holding responsible positions have very little inclination towards unlearning and relearning the ways of implementing the processes. There is lack of Leadership at PM Level. Sometimes there is lack of accountability at PM Level.
  2. There is lack of communication from the Sr. Management, in clear terms, about the consequences of not implementing processes.
  3. Training process is weak and there in no follow-through on training.
  4. There is lack of availability of real data. Metrics Reports cannot be reliable if they are not based on correct data. Project data is back-calculated to meet the goals rather than going the proper way. And in this way, the organization is trapped into the vicious circle of incorrect data.

What is the impact when the organization not doing proper planning?

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What you’ll see…

Poor estimates that lead to cost and schedule overruns. Unable to discover deviations from undocumented plans. Resources aren’t available / applied when needed. Unable to meet commitments.

Why Should You Care? Because…

Customers don’t trust suppliers who waste their resources — loss of future businessNo lessons learned for future projects means making the same mistakes on multiple projects. Unhappy customers, employees, and stockholders means a short life for the business. If you fail to plan then you plan to fail!

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