CMMI V1.3 Released: High Maturity Clarified

Version 1.3 of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) has been released by the SEI. The main changes mentioned in the SEI News are clarifications of the high maturity process areas, alignment of the representations (staged and continous) and the addition of modern engineering practices like agile.

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You can observe a lot by just watching

It’s time for a 'next quote. This one's from Yogi Bera: “You can observe a lot by just watching”. I use this quote when I see things that are clearly happening, but go completely unnoticed by those involved, thereby missing chances to improve.

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Software Reliability: Water, Money and Healthcare

SPIder, the Dutch Software Process Improvement Network organises a session about software reliability on november 2. Three speakers will give their views on reliability, and discuss with the attendees what can be done to develop reliable software.

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Investing in Professionals: The People CMM

Looking at business results, how important do you consider the capability of your workforce? The knowledge and skills of your professionals, and their motivation and drive? My opinion is that it is of huge importance when you want to reach business goals.

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Decisions, bloody decisions

A topic that has been fascinating me for a long time is how people take decisions? I have seen many problems with decisions, but there are ways to improve decisions.

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Getting to the Root Causes of Problems

Root Cause Analysis (RCA) has been used by many to determine a fault’s first or “root” causes to improve processes. Given the current economic climate, the business case for RCA has become more more explicit then ever!

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We are all customers

The customer is considered more and important for software development. Software teams have to delivers products and services that solve the needs of their customers. But understanding what a customer wants isn’t always that easy.

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Developing your workforce: What’s the benefit?

Looking at business results, how important do you consider your workforce? The knowledge and skills of your professionals, and their motivation and drive? My opinion is that it is of huge importance when you want to reach your business goals.

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The Gift of Time

Last month I was reading the book The Gift of Time, a collection of stories from people who have used the work of Gerald “Jerry” M. Weinberg. It gives an impression how his ideas helped them, and how it enabled them to support people, and make a difference.

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Learn from the Guilds

There is an interesting question posted on the P-CMM blogspot, whether the principles used by the guilds to learn new skills would still work in today's society? Yes they do!

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Insanity

Sometimes you hear a quote that really get’s to you. One that hit me, and that I use a lot is the definition of insanity: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.

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Midsummernight Method Madness

Earlier I’ve shared my definition of a proces. Methods (like Scrum, Prince2, XP, etc) help professionals to discuss the way to do things, to become more effective.

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