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Introduction to CMMI for Development v1.3                                                  Course Brochure

Course Description
This three-day course outlines the CMMI product suite and describes the different CMMI representations, including capability and maturity levels. It explains the structure and characteristics of the CMMI and looks in detail at each Process Area and their Specific and Generic Practices.
Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite for Intermediate Concepts of CMMI , SCAMPI Lead Appraiser Training and CMMI Instructor Training and for membership of SCAMPI Class A appraisal teams.

We can also arrange to run a CMMI  course at a time and venue to suit you from 1 person up to 20 people so please contact us for more details.

Course Objectives
The objective is that by the end of the course the participants will have more than just a theoretical knowledge of CMM-DEV, they will be able to:
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Understand at a high level the CMMI Product Suite
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Be able to locate and begin to apply relevant information in the model for their organisation
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Understand the key concepts about model structure and function, and important model relationships
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Be aware of the components of the CMMI models and how they may be applied to their organisation
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Apply CMMI principles to meet their organisations' business objectives
Successful achievement of the course objectives requires active participation and attendance throughout the three days.

Who Should Attend?
The course will benefit product developers, process implementers and anyone interested in learning more about the CMMI. There are no pre-requisites for this course other than a general understanding of systems or software engineering.

Course Topics

1. Process Improvement Concepts and CMMI
Everyone realises the importance of having a motivated, quality work force and the latest technology, but even the finest people can’t perform at their best when the process is not understood or operating at its best. This module introduces the delegates to process improvement concepts, the CMMI product suite and the business benefits that can be achieved with a CMMI-based process improvement programme.

2. Overview of the CMMI for Development
Many organisations around the world are using the CMMI to guide their process improvement activities but what is it and what can it do for you and your organisation? In this section delegates are provided with an overview of the CMMI for Development and its relationships with other CMMI moderls.

3. Defining and Engineering the Product
Moving into the 2010s companies continue to want to deliver products and services better, faster, and cheaper. At the same time, in the high-technology environment of the twenty-first century, nearly all organisations have found themselves building increasingly complex products and services. Today, a single company usually does not develop all the components that compose a product or service. More commonly, some components are built in-house and some are acquired; then all the components are integrated into the final product. Here we will discuss what organisations must do to be able to manage and control this complex development and maintenance process.
Topics include:
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Developing and managing requirements and ensuring they are satisfied
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Designing the product and its components
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Managing the interfaces among the components and products
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Building the components
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Integrating the components to form the product
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Delivering the product

4. Ensuring Product Success
Whilst defining and engineering the product it is essential to ensure that what is built will meet the needs of the customers and end users. This section looks at ways in which this can be done both proactively and during the development lifecycle. It includes:
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Identifying and managing risks and taking appropriate mitigation actions when necessary
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Verifying that the product is aligned with the relevant specifications
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Validating that the product will actually perform as the end users expect

5. Managing and Monitoring the Development
Many problems experienced by projects and organisations; e.g. late delivery, overspent budget, poor product quality, inefficient delivery, do not usually have a single cause. They are a direct result of the organisation's practices and cultural behaviour. These are not things a project manager can fix. This part of the course includes:
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Estimating the scope and work that needs to be performed
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Developing mechanisms to acquire identified products
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Developing a project plan
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Getting commitments to the plan
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Monitoring progress against the plan
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Taking action to address significant deviations from the plan

6. Making Work Explicit and Measurable
A measurement capability that supports the information needs of the business is essential. When organisations begin their improvement journey they need to understand what they need to know to be able to manage the business, how to collect and analyse data, and how to make sure that the results of the measurement activities are communicated to those who need the data for decision making. As organisations mature they enhance their measurement capability to enable them not only to record past events but also to predict future performance based on analysing historical data. Here we will consider basic measurement practices (identifying information needs, defining measurements, etc.) and then how a basic measurement capability can be enhanced to allow data-based decision making and to enable process predictability and consistency through the removal of process variation.

7. Managing Decisions and Suppliers
Additional activities that support and add value are addressed in this section. There are practices for formal decision making for those important decisions, and techniques for identifying, selecting, and working with suppliers when acquiring products and services.

8. Creating a Culture to Sustain Excellence
The practices considered up to this point support the development and delivery of effective products. But there needs to be an infrastructure that monitors the use of processes, and supports and encourages their continuing improvement. Here we will look at:
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   How the use of processes and standards can be monitored (and corrective actions taken when there are problems).
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Establishing and maintaining a repository of processes, lifecycles, etc. and making them available for use.
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   How project management can become a key part of the process improvement infrastructure.
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Providing a structured approach to process improvement and ensuring the deployment of processes.
CMMI Training and Consultancy Providers   Identifying and delivering training to meet the organisation’s strategic needs.

9. Process Institutionalisation
Usually an organisation’s investment in process is considerable and never without a lot of blood, sweat and tears from those charged with developing and implementing the processes. So why is it that so often processes are not used by those they were created for? This section offers a framework for enabling processes to be deployed in an effective way that helps to make them usable, relevant to the business, manageable, measureable and, above all, allows them to change as the business changes.

10. Appraisals and Representations
It is beneficial to develop process capability and organisational maturity and then to evaluate (‘appraise’ in CMMI  terminology) progress. This section looks at the CMMI appraisal approach and the benefits it can bring to an organisation undertaking a process improvement programme, provides a summary of two approaches to process improvement using the CMMI; the first is a pre-defined roadmap for improvement the second is a flexible approach focusing on particular sets of practices.

11. Organisational Culture and Change
Improving processes almost inevitably brings change to the way work is done, and to the people doing it. It is important to recognise the factors that will impact on the successful implementation of change and it is the challenges of organisational culture and cultural change that are discussed in this part of the course.

12. What’s next?
The closing section of the course provides delegates with sources of additional information about the CMMI and challenges them to think about what they will do when they return to their organisations.

Course Materials and Certification
Each delegate will receive a copy of the course material, the CMMI Institute book “Guidelines for Process Integration and Product Improvement”, a copy of Trinity’s CMMI-DEV Quick Reference Guide and a certificate of completion provided that they meet the completion criteria. In addition all delegates who successfully complete the course will be registered with the CMMI Institute.

This Introduction to CMMI-DEV training will be delivered under  our licensed Agreement with the CMMI Institute.