Posts Tagged ‘CMMI-DEV’

All Forked Up

October 23, 2013 2 comments

I dunno who said it, but paraphrasing whoever did:

Science progresses as a succession of funerals.

Even though more accurate and realistic models that characterize the behavior of mass and energy are continuously being discovered, the only way the older physics models die out is when their adherents kick the bucket.

The same dictum holds true for software development methodologies. In the beginning, there was the Traditional (a.k.a waterfall) methodology and its formally codified variations (RUP, MIL-STD-498, CMMI-DEV, your org’s process, etc). Next, came the Agile fork as a revolutionary backlash against the inhumanity inherent to the traditional way of doing things.

Forked Up

The most recent fork in the methodology march is the cerebral SEMAT (Software Engineering Method And Theory) movement. SEMAT can be interpreted (perhaps wrongly) as a counter-revolution against the success of Agile by scorned, closet traditionalists looking to regain power from the agilistas.

Semat Over Agile

On the other hand, perhaps the Agile and SEMAT camps will form an alliance and put the final nail in the coffin of the old traditional way of doing things before its adherents kick the bucket.

Agile plus SEMATSEMAT co-creator Ivar Jacobson seems to think that hitching SEMAT to the Agile gravy train holds promise for better and faster software development techniques.


Who knows what the future holds? Is another, or should I say, “the next“, fork in the offing?

Blown, Busted, And Riddled

November 5, 2012 2 comments

The CMMI-DEV model for software development contains 20+ Key Process Areas (KPA) that are required to be addressed by an org in order to achieve a respectable level of compliance. With such complexity, one could think that L3+ orgs would sponsor periodic process refresher courses for their DICforces in order to minimize social friction between process enforcers and enforcees and reduce time-sucking rework resulting from innocent process execution errors made by the enforcees.

BD00 postulates that many CMMI L3+ orgs don’t hold periodic, rolling process refreshers for their cellar dwellers. The worst of the herd periodically retrains its technical management and process groups (enforcers) , but not its product development teams (enforcees). These (either clueless or innocently ignorant) orgs deserve what they get. Not only do they get blown budgets, busted schedules, and bug-riddled products, but they ratchet up the “us vs. them” social friction between the uninformed hands-on product dweebs and the informed PWCE elites.

The Org Is The Product

October 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Someone once said something like: “the products an organization produces mirror the type of organization that produces them“. Thus, a highly formal, heavyweight, bureaucratic, title-obsessed, siloed, and rigid org will most likely produce products of the same ilk.

With this in mind, let’s look at the US DoD funded Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and one of its flagship products: the “CMMI┬« for Development, Version 1.3“. The snippet below was plucked right out of the 482 page technical report that defines the CMMI-DEV:

So, given no other organizational information other than that provided above, what kind of product would you speculate the CMMI-DEV is? Of course, like BD00 always is, you’d be dead wrong if you concluded that the CMMI-DEV is a highly formal, heavyweight, bureaucratic, title-obsessed, siloed, and rigid model for product development.

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