If you are an extra small tech company, investing in CMMI for your small business may never have seemed achievable in the past. After all, a business of under 25 employees can’t be expected to pay what the big companies are paying for process and performance improvement, and the related CMMI Maturity Ratings. However, as an emerging or “extra-small” technology or IT company, you now have options for achieving a CMMI Rating that weren’t available until now.
What Is CMMI?
The first question that needs to be answered is what exactly CMMI is. The Capability Maturity Model Integration, or CMMI, is a process model that provides a clear definition of what an organization should do to promote behaviors that lead to improved performance. With five “Maturity Levels” or three “Capability Levels,” the CMMI defines the most important elements that are required to build great products, or deliver great services, and wraps them all up in a comprehensive model.
A misperception continues, even among CMMI appraisers today, that the CMMI is this heavy, command and control, document-centric cauldron of hard, dreary work and pure nonsense. None of that is true with CMMI. The model doesn’t tell you how to do anything. It doesn’t “require” anything. The CMMI says, “Here’s what great companies do.” That’s all it essentially says.
Let’s break it down a little more. Here’s what the CMMI is and does:
- The CMMI is a tool to help solve business problems.
- The CMMI helps you change and improve requirements churn and volatility, so that you can spend less time and money on requirements.
- The CMMI helps you be on-time and on-budget.
- The CMMI helps you motivate your staff, and make them better at what they do.
- The CMMI helps you understand and deal with risk, before it hurts you
- The CMMI helps you avoid having too many meetings, unhappy customers and unpredictable projects.
There are several benefits to achieving a CMMI rating. For one, large customers like the U.S. Department of Defense and General Motors are starting to require that their suppliers achieve a CMMI rating. But the longer-lasting benefit of adopting CMMI is that it helps your company get on the path to greatness. Striving for greatness means that, not only will your process become much better, you will get better by using CMMI to learn about the way you work. That’s what the CMMI is all about. With learning as your goal, you’ll stay on the path to greatness, and achieving a Maturity Level of the CMMI for your small business will be just one byproduct of your journey.
So whatever reason is driving your adoption of CMMI – whether you are interested in CMMI ratings for small business or CMMI training for small business, CMMIxs is a boon for small-scale enterprises. The light weight subscription program reduces cost and the amount of resources involved. It’s fast, flexible and effective.
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