Friday, April 10, 2009

Requesting Processes and Assets

I have read your CMMI blog. Can I have some draft CMMI process documentation? I would like to learn and implement the process.

There is no such thing as a set of documented CMMI processes that can be provided for a company, though some unscrupulous consultants will try to sell you a set. Rather, there are industry accepted standards for documenting processes, such as ETVX. These process documentation standards are easily available by searching on the internet. The actual processes for REQM , PP, PMC, SAM, MA, PPQA, CM, etc. are a function of the organization’s business and its practices, though there is some commonality across companies and organizations. However, this commonality exists at the CMMI level. The CMMI is a set of guidelines for process improvement. The implementation of these guidelines will differ from organization to organization. The best advice that I can give you is to document all of your current business practices using an industry accepted process documentation standard, avoiding the temptation to improve the process. By simply documenting your existing processes, you will discover opportunities for improvement, but don’t make them at this point. Just document the process as it is currently practiced. Once you have all of your processes documented, then compare the results to the CMMI, add the missing practices, and address any improvement opportunities. Then you will have a set of processes that your employees will have ownership of and will also comply with the CMMI.

And, if you are interested in learning more about the CMMI, take the SEI-licensed Introduction to CMMI class from an SEI-authorized instructor.

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