CMMI as a high-value framework for other improvement initiatives

We have been using CMMI as a framework for our consulting initiatives for many years.  In recent years, it has become clearer that you can get a lot of value out of this approach without going all the way to a full accreditation. In a recent (Jan/Feb 2010) article in CrossTalk, Jeffrey Dutton captured the essence of using CMMI in this way.  He puts forward three driving principles:

  1. Focus on Business Issues and Performance Goals
  2. Involved Leadership and Process Ownership by Process "Doers"
  3. Improvements should be made at the Speed of Business

Jeffrey goes on to explain that the CMMI framework together withe three principles can readily accommodate different approaches like CMMI itself, Lean, Six Sigma and ITIL. We are seeing more and more interest in this "multi-model" approach to get more value more quickly out of process improvement initiatives.

Written by Michael D. Harris at 15:50
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