The King is Dead, Long Live…. ”I’m Not Dead Yet!”Shawn Presson, CSM, PMP, CMMI, SAFe
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Subtitle: The CMMI Is Still Among Us – How To Cope
(This is an update to a presentation given at STC 2003 entitled “The Agile Non-Debate.”)
Agile methods have spread worldwide, and have helped bring tremendous improvements in system development. And yet, they are not 100% successful. When I entered into discussions about using agile, IEEE, CMMI, ISO, and other standards, a common position was that CMMI et al suck innately, while agile efforts failed because people were “doing it wrong.” This polarizing position was a distraction.
Now, such polarization can be damaging. Despite Agile’s increasing toehold in the public sector, the CMMI is far from dead; organizations are letting contracts based on agile requirements with one hand, and others based on CMMI and other certification-based models with the other hand. Treating the two as mutually exclusive is just too hard, and its unnecessary. Worse, it clouds the reality of how the two approaches actually differ and how they can be harmonized. While a SCAMPI-like appraisal method for Agile has not gained wide traction, such a monster could arise, and understanding Agile CMMI interpretations could help organizations survive such a monster, and perhaps help Industry nip it in the egg.
In this session we will discuss briefly how the CMMI world got to be such as mess, how Agile has helped cut through a lot of that, and how to prevent some of the same ills from infecting the Agile world. The core of this discussion, however, will be about juggling agile performance and CMMI compliance simultaneously.