Tuesday, May 22, 2012

CMMI to move to new Carnegie Mellon Business Unit

The SEI announced this morning that the CMMI constellations (as well as other "mature technologies"), no longer considered "research" projects, will be moved to a new business unit within Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).  The Department of Defense, long a sponsor of the SEI, was very involved (along with CMU) in this decision.

To put this all in perspective, remember that the SEI is an "FFRDC" (Federally Funded Research and Development Center).  That means their charter is to conducted Research and Development activities - something they do very well.  So, this move makes total sense in that context.

We interpret this as a good . . . no, a great thing.  The SEI operates under the constraints of its sponsor (the DOD).  A new business unit, unencumbered by this constraint, will take the CMMI in new,  more flexible directions, and to new markets.

Here is the text of the SEI's announcement:

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) have mutually decided to move the CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration) and the PCMM (People Capability Maturity Model ) out of the SEI and into an independent business unit of CMU. We believe this new unit may also be a natural transition path for other SEI developed technologies, methods and practices as they mature.

The SEI is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) established in 1984 to provide technical leadership and innovation through research and development to advance the practice of software engineering and technology in support of DoD needs. DoD acknowledges the significant contributions that CMMI has made to Defense programs and the software engineering community, in general. Recognizing the maturity of CMMI and PCMM, SEI and DoD have agreed that the maturity of these technologies make this an appropriate time for the SEI, as a science and technology based FFRDC, to concentrate on newer research.

Carnegie Mellon University is excited about establishing this new business unit to serve the global software engineering community even better--to make adoption, evolution and maintenance of the models more flexible for government and commercial organizations, to be more creative with our partners and other organizations in creating business relationships, and to face the market more proactively.

Join us in wishing the greatest success to this new organization!

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Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead AppraiserCertified 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.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

ASM Research, Inc. Partners with Broadsword Solutions Corporation in a Renewed Commitment to Process and Performance Improvement

ASM to Consolidate the CMMI Adoption of Two Divisions

May 7, 2012.  Fairfax, VA - ASM Research, Inc. (ASM), a leading solutions integrator for government agencies, and Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), pioneers of the leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement, announced today a strategic partnership to assist ASM in renewing its commitment to continuous improvement, using the Software Engineering Institute's [SEI] Capability Maturity Model Integration, or CMMI.

As pioneers of the agileCMMI methodology for company-wide process and performance improvement, Broadsword will guide the renewal of ASM's maturity level for two of the company's divisions, currently on separate renewal timelines, allowing ASM to streamline the adoption of CMMI for both divisions.

"We were impressed with Broadsword's history of working in the industry, " ASM Vice President David Alderton said.  "They understood the lifecycle well and the challenges we are facing.  We look forward to the objectivity they bring to fine-tuning the different processes we have in place."

"By making the decision to renew their utilization of the architecture and system based on CMMI as a framework for ongoing improvement, ASM continues to distinguish themselves as an industry leader," said Broadsword's president, Jeff Dalton.  "Our deep experience in the industry, as well as our background in management consulting, engineering and process improvement solutions will help ASM expand their ability to deliver the highest possible value to their customers."

About ASM Research

ASM Research, Inc. is a leading solutions integrator headquartered in Fairfax, VA with regional operations in San Antonio, TX; Fort Knox, KY; and Lakewood, NJ.  ASM is focused on using information and technology to solve real world problems for federal, state, and local government organizations.  ASM is an employee-owned company whose more than 30 years of commitment to clients' missions has repeatedly produced extraordinary results.

About Broadsword Solutions Corporation

Based in southeastern Michigan, Broadsword is an SEI Partner and Process Innovation firm that is the world leader in using Agile and Lean methods to drive high performance engineering using their agileCMMI methodology and collaborative consulting and coaching solutions.  Working with great clients like Rockwell Collins, NASA, Boeing, Chrysler, Compuware, and L3 Communications, Broadsword's methods and success is proven throughout North America and the world.