On Wednesday, October 24th, I spent the day with CMMI Institute CEO Kirk Botula and Partner Network Manager Lisa Masciantonio at the CMMI Institute's new offices near Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh.
The best phrase I can come up with to describe the new office is "creative workspace." The area is perfectly suited for large-scale collaboration with it's open and airy spaces that are flooded with light through large windows that face the river.
The area is shared with Carnegie Innovations, which maintains office space in a separate section of the suite. This will help ensure a strong link back to Carnegie Mellon University and fits well with the entrepreneurial vision that Kirk as shared with us.
There are numerous open "team room" areas with white boards that cover the walls or roll around for impromptu brainstorming sessions. The larges of these areas is right outside Kirk's office.
Even though there was construction and cabling being installed around us, the workspace allowed us to immediately get to work, discussing current-state and brainstorming future possibilities.
Kirk told me he was envisioning a day, in the very near future, where groups of partners who are passionate about the future of CMMI would be collaborating with the Institute staff to take CMMI, and other models, to the next level.
There's a lot to do over the next few months, and it's fair to expect that there will be some bumps in the road. But the CMMI Institute is on the right track with the new space. Kirk has made it clear to the PAB and the entire partner group that listening to the community is very high on his priority list, and he's taken the a major step by selecting a space that so readily supports open collaboration.
We expect that the information flow will accelerate dramatically over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned!
Jeff Dalton is the 2012-2013 Chairman of the Partner Advisory Board.