Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What Can We Learn About Process Architecture from Justin Bieber?

Why does a pop music hit - even a Justin Bieber tune - sound "right?"  It's because the sound engineer adjusted each setting to create the right "mix."

The same is true of CMMI and Process Architecture.

In the most recent article in the "Just the FAQs" CMMI series, Jeff Dalton, President of Broadsword Solutions, explains why the process "mix" must be adjusted for each organization's specific project, team and objectives.  Dalton disagrees with process consultants who insists that CMMI Maturity Level 3 means that everyone must do everything the same way, every time.

"The CMMI is a little like the knobs on a sound engineer's mixing board," says Dalton.  "In fact, the CMMI's mixing board is a lot bigger, with more than three-hundred and fifty knobs in Maturity Level Three, each one of the affecting not only the outcome, but also one another. The potential for tailoring (and results) is staggering!"

"Just the FAQs" is a monthly CMMI-related series written and edited by Jeff Dalton and Pat O'Toole.  Please contact the authors at and to suggest enhancements to their answers, or to provide an alternative response to the question posed.  New questions are also welcomed.