CMMI Challenges Being Addressed: Process Is As Process Does
SEI people are battling the “Process for process sake” syndrome. CMMI is really trying to invoke a set of best practices. The level is not the goal.
When CMM (CMMI’s predecessor) was first developed the Government promised that the CMM level would not be used to judge organization in contract award. This was forgotten almost immediately.
DCMA released a study in 2007 that found for ACAT-1 (Really big programs) CMMI level was:
- About 83% mostly adhere to CMMI processes
- About 44% somewhat adhere to processes
Another study found that the 6 major reasons for program failure were:
- Business practices
- External influences: I what it now
- Enabling Infrastructure
- Joint Integrated Processes
- Acquisition Reform (loss of system engineering capability within government)
NOTE engineering processes were not a root cause of program failure
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