Dear Cynthia, fear not! Unless you suffer from triskaidekaphobia (an irrational dread of the number 13), there is no need to fear the year ahead …
CMMI as one of the tools that can help you change behaviors and establish the type of environment that can make you a great company.
But I don't want to minimize your concerns about potential pitfalls. In fact, there are many problems that companies commonly experience when adopting the CMMI, often because they have received misinformation from a so-called CMMI consultant from one of the "Appraisal Preparation" companies.
Here is a list of 13 reasons that your CMMI adoption will fail in 2013:
- You’ve bought a tool that promises “CMMI compliance in six months or less”
- You've hired a "CMMI Preparation" consultant who is helping you "create the evidence"
- No one has any idea why you’re “doing CMMI,” but you’re doing it anyway
- Two dozen consultants descend on your company to “do CMMI” to you
- Your boss keeping uttering the phrase “implementing CMMI”
- Your CMMI “consultant” says, “The CMMI makes you do it.”
- Your CMMI “consultant” says, “The CMMI Institute makes you do it.”
- Two minutes after achieving Level Two, your boss says, “When is Level Three?”
- Your boss says, “We need to go right to Level Five (or Four, or Three)
- Your boss tells your team to go “get a level” by Tuesday
- No one captures data about whether or not your team is benefiting from the CMMI
- You blindly follow your parent company’s binder full of processes (we've got "binders full of 'em!")
- No one believes that new behaviors can be learned
To assure that 2013 is productive and profitable for you and your team, I encourage you to remember three things about the CMMI:
- The CMMI is a time-tested, industry-proven model for positive outcomes
- The CMMI is a framework and set of guidelines for changing behaviors and changing culture
- The CMMI allows you to do what you are already doing, better – in 2013 and beyond
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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.
Visit www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information about engineering strategy, performance innovation , software process improvement and running a successful CMMI program.