Visit Us at the CMMI Institute Conference EMEA


We're excited to announce that DCG-SMS will attend Unicom's co-located series of events on 26-27 March at the NOVOTEL London West.

The event includes the CMMI Institute Conference EMEA, as well as the DevOps Summit and the Application Lifestyle Management (ALM) conference. As a bonus of the co-location, attendees are free to attend any of the sessions across the three events, and the exhibition space will be open to all attendees.

We'll be exhibiting - so please stop by our booth and say hi! We'd be happy to tell you more about our mission at DCG-SMS, to improve our clients' bottom lines via quantifiable changes in their development - as well as how we can achieve this for your organisation!

Don't stop there! Attend a presenation by DCG's Tom Cagley, Vice President of Consulting, at the CMMI conference. On Friday, 27 March at 11:00 GMT, Tom will present on Agile risk management. He will discuss how to combine Agile and CMMI-based risk management techniques to increase the robustness of an Agile implementation without adding overhead and while mitigating risk.

Interested in more details about the conference? Everything you need is here.

More information about our CMMI solutions and services are available here.

Questions? Stop by our booth and ask them in person! If you can't make it, please send an email and I will reply as soon as possible.

Alan Cameron
DCG-SMS Managing Director

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CMMI in Small Organizations

MikeIf you haven’t already, I encourage you to read the recent IEEE Software article, “Achieving and Maintaining CMMI Maturity Level 5 in a Small Organization.”

As a provider of CMMI consulting and appraisals, the article resonated with what we’ve experienced at DCG.

To start, the article notes that many small organizations are hesitant to tackle a CMMI maturity rating because – aside from the time and cost investment that is required – it’s perceived as a difficult task. However, after years of status quo, there seems to be a growing demand for higher CMMI maturity, particularly with organizations in, or driven by, the federal  government.

The authors, employees of a small organization, describe their eight-year journey achieving – and one-year experience maintaining – CMMI Maturity Level 5. Before starting the process they knew that CMMI would be beneficial, but the results included:

  • A doubling of profit per employee
  • An increase in the size and quality of projects
  • The ability to more effectively deploy functionality
  • A 10x decrease in the number of bugs per requirements

Though they note that the process was difficult, the authors share what they believe were the keys to their success:

  • Working with local CMMI and process improvement experts
  • Creating an internal, dedicated resource to CMMI best practices
  • Having the support of key  leaders (who did not leave the organization during the process)
  • Having an internal culture that promotes vision, openness, flexibility and creativity
  • Carefully selecting a Lead Appraiser aligned with their interpretation of the CMMI
  • Utilizing iterations of around three months
  • Maintaining deep knowledge of the model and statistical concepts
  • Implementing workshops for training, evidence collection and process implementation
  • Making continuous integration a priority
  • Utilizing automatic mechanisms for collecting data and reporting results

As the authors note, it was a long – but worthwhile – journey, and we’re here to help you achieve similar results. We understand the challenges that face small organizations; we are small ourselves, but we’ve also worked with a number of small organizations on CMMI engagements. Results similar to the ones experienced by this organization are possible.

We can serve as your local expert as you navigate the model, customizing it for your organization, and we can provide independent Lead Appraisers.

Don’t miss out on the benefits that CMMI can provide just because of the challenges it presents – it can more than pay off in the end.

Read the article here.

Mike Harris
DCG President

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10 Years of CMMI

Yes, you read that right! At this year’s SEPG conference's CMMI Partner Workshop, DCG was recognized for our 10-year partnership with the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and newly formed Clearmodel, home of the CMMI Institute!

CMMI Award 1

CMMI Award 2

Over the past 10 years, we have seen firsthand the value of the CMMI model. For example, we provided consulting support to help an American vehicle manufacturer to successfully earn a Level 3 maturity rating. We served as PPQA Auditor, Quality Assurance Manager and CMMI consultant to help one of the fastest-growing technology services companies in the federal space receive its Level 3 maturity rating. And, we provided support to help a leading consulting services firm to prepare for its SCAMPI A and subsequent CMMI maturity level rating. And those are just some of our CMMI clients!

Again and again we’ve seen the benefits our clients reap when they utilize CMMI. As such, we look forward to continuing our partnership and involvement with the CMMI framework.

Learn more about our consulting and appraisal services here.

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SEPG North America: Our Thoughts


Last week David Consulting Group attended the CMMI Institute’s SEPG North America as an exhibitor. Mike Harris, DCG President, and David Herron, Vice President of Software Performance Management, were both present. Below are their thoughts on this year’s conference. Spoiler alert: We’ll be back next year!

Mike Harris, President

I was delighted to see lots of new faces and new companies at the conference, both amongst the attendees and the speakers.  It’s great to see the conference moving forward under the stewardship of the CMMI Institute.

My biggest impression from the conference was the impact of Agile on the industry and on the CMMI Institute.  It was only a couple of years ago that we were seeing presentations about the compatibility of CMMI and Agile, with some debate over whether or not they could truly work in combination (we believed – and believe – that they can).  I felt that we finally put that issue behind us at this conference, which seemed to be full of presentations about successful Agile processes and Agile experiences in the context of CMMI.  

Specifically around the DCG table in the exhibit hall, we had a lot of interest in our Agile capabilities but a good number of visitors also picked up information about TMMi. Our suggestion that TMMi could be a very focused starting point for CMMi resonated with several people – particularly for organizations new to structured process improvement and worried that CMMI  would be too much to swallow (or sell to management) as a starting point.

Overall, it was great conference. I enjoyed interacting with the attendees and finding out what’s at the top of people’s minds these days – obviously Agile!

David Herron, VP of Software Performance Management

I really enjoyed the CMMI Institute’s conference this year.  From a vendor perspective, the flow of traffic in the exhibit area was excellent. There were many opportunities to speak with and to interact with conference attendees.

From a participant perspective, the wide range of presentation topics actually made it difficult to choose which presentation to attend, knowing that one good session would be sacrificed by attending another. Of course, this is a personal preference observation, but I was pleased to see a number of topics devoted to Agile, as well as numerous topics dealing with the practical application of metrics. Enterprise-wide Agile appeared to be among the more popular Agile topics. Scaling Agile methods to fit large development organizations using such practices as SAFe provided some worthwhile information.

The format for the presentations was interesting. The workshop sessions were each scheduled for 90 minutes and within each session there were usually three or four 20+ minute related talks presented by different individuals. Twenty minutes isn’t enough time to have an in-depth discussion on a particular topic, but it works well for introducing the material and if one is interested, there is always room for follow up with the presenter in between presentations. 

We all agreed that we will definitely be back next year. I am excited to see how the conference continues to grow and what topics will be at the forefront in a year’s time.

Mike Harris and David Herron
David Consulting Group


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The CMMI Conference


May 6th and 7th you’ll be able to find DCG at the CMMI Conference: SEPG North America in Tysons Corner, VA. DCG will be available at booth #16, as a certified partner of the CMMI Institute and provider of CMMI consulting and appraisal services.

“DCG has led a number of companies to successful Maturity Level 2 and 3
assessments, and in doing so, we’ve seen firsthand the value that the CMMI
frameworks can bring to an organization, providing increased insight into
and control over its work activities,” said Mike Harris, DCG President.
“SEPG North America is an opportunity for us to directly share our
experiences with others to demonstrate how and when
CMMI can be an appropriate tool for process improvement.
We encourage attendees to stop by our booth to learn more about
how we implement CMMI, by speaking with our practitioners firsthand.”

Mike Harris and David Herron, Vice President of Software Performance Management, will both be available at the company booth. All those who stop by will also have the opportunity to win an iPad Mini!

The conference, hosted by the CMMI Institute, helps practitioners explore how to use CMMI frameworks to improve performance and the bottom line for their organizations. More information about David Consulting Group’s Software Quality Management offerings, including CMMI, is available on the company website

To learn more about DCG's CMMI engagements, check out some of our case studies:

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"It's frustrating that there are so many failed software projects when I know from personal experience that it's possible to do so much better - and we can help." 
- Mike Harris, DCG Owner

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