Today we’re talking with Julie Calfin, Broadsword’s Director of Consulting and expert in helping small businesses to gain the competitive advantage they need to grow. Julie is also passionate about the use of CMMI for the small business (under 25 employees), so that they may gain the same advantages with a new subscription program called CMMIxs. Let’s find out how it works!
Q: Julie, what is CMMIxs?
Julie: CMMIxs is really the best, most affordable CMMI for small business solution, a ratings program for extra small businesses. It’s an online subscription service that brings CMMI to the small business that needs all of the advantages CMMI can bring. And it comes without the big price tag, complexity or time demands of a typical CMMI adoption for larger organizations.
Q: What are some of the advantages of CMMI for an extra small business looking to grow?
Julie: Well, once they have achieved a Maturity Level 2 or Level 3, they will get access to RFPs that require CMMI Ratings. They will get higher scores on RFPs recommending CMMI Ratings. And they will see the impact of performance improvement on sales outcomes.
Q: Are there any misperceptions about CMMI and small businesses?
Julie: Oh, yes. Many small companies think adopting the CMMI is too time-consuming. They say, “We don’t have time for it!” The truth is, in small businesses, you don’t have time NOT to have the guidance of the CMMI best practices!
Q: What other misperceptions do people have?
Julie: A lot of small business owners I meet at first think CMMI is too complex. That’s where working with an experienced CMMI consultant can help. We take away the complexity.
Q: What about the idea that CMMI is too expensive?
Julie: Yes, some people think CMMI would be too hard on the budget for an extra small business. But CMMIxs truly is affordable, and I’ll tell you why. The program delivers workshops, training and consulting services on-demand for a fixed monthly cost. Contrast this with traditional consulting projects that can be a roller-coaster ride of fees and travel costs – some months can be very high, some months are low. With CMMIxs you’ll enjoy the predictable monthly cost to help you manage your budget and know what to expect for the future.
Also, you can save a lot of time and avoid a lot of pitfalls by buying CMMIxs. Don’t just expect your small business to have the expertise to design process improvement programs and develop a new set of processes. You need the support we give you to keep costs down. It is far less costly to go through this with us and succeed than to try on your own and fail.
Q: Julie, if there was one simple thing our readers could do to get started, what would it be?
Julie: I really encourage small business owners who want direct control over how quickly they and their team achieve the competitive advantage of CMMI to check out our web site. To find out why it works, just go over to www.cmmixs.com. That’s where you can find out if your small business will qualify for the CMMIxs program.
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Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified CMMI Instructor, author, and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff has taught thousands of students in CMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.
Note: large organizations interested in pursuing the benefits of a CMMI adoption are invited to visit our corporate web site at www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information about engineering strategy, performance innovation, software process improvement and running a successful CMMI program.