Project Management Success with CMMI: Seven CMMI Process Areas

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Use CMMI to Improve Project Management Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Accountability

The Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Maturity Level 2 offers powerful, end-to-end tools for improvement throughout your organization. In Project Management Success with CMMI®, James Persse demonstrates exactly how to apply CMMI Level 2 to virtually any project, program, or process. User friendly, concise, and easy to follow, this book helps you implement all seven CMMI Level 2 process areas; customize CMMI for your unique projects and organization; and achieve powerful, quantifiable results.

The author takes a practical approach to the business and operational needs of project management, carefully linking the realities of business and technical projects with CMMI recommendations. Drawing on his unsurpassed CMMI field experience, Persse presents case studies, anecdotes, and examples—all designed to illuminate what works and what doesn't.

Persse introduces the substance and intention of all seven CMMI Level 2 process areas. For each area, he shows how to define goals, implement best practices, understand issues of sizing and scope, and avoid pitfalls and misinterpretations. He is also the first to explain how CMMI can integrate with the tools and skills of the Project Management Institute's Project Management Body of Knowledge, improving the effectiveness of both.

Coverage includes

  • Understanding project management as value management
  • Planning projects and structuring expectations
  • Monitoring and controlling projects
  • Managing requirements, configurations, and supplier agreements
  • Implementing effective measurement and analysis
  • Assuring process and product quality

Project Management Success with CMMI® is an invaluable resource for anyone responsible for managing projects, programs, or processes—including those who are new to CMMI and project management.

The book's companion Web site (www.prenhallprofessional.com/title/0132333058) contains an extensive library of downloadable CMMI project management resources corresponding to each of the seven CMMI process areas.

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About the Author:

James Persse has 18 years of experience providing process improvement design and consulting services to both large and small technology organizations. His specialties include CMMI, ISO 9001:2000, Six Sigma, and ITIL. He holds a doctoral degree in Information Technology Management with an emphasis in process improvement.

He has worked with a diverse client base that includes T-Mobile USA, Athena Technologies, the U.S. Department of Defense, Celerity Technical Services, Pitney Bowes International, MCI, BellSouth Science and Technologies, and Palmetto GBA.

James is the author of Process Improvement Essentials: CMMI, ISO 9001, Six Sigma (O'Reilly Media, 2006); Implementing the Capability Maturity Model (John Wiley and Sons, 2001); and Bit x Bit: Topics in Technology Management (Little Hill, 2000).

He can be reached at jpersse@AltairSol.com or jrp@persse.com.

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This book is intended to help shed some practical light on how companies can use process to help promote and achieve project management success. The term project management success can, of course, mean many different things. The definition will vary from company to company, and this can be particularly true for technology companies. The nature of their work, their industrial focus, their size, the makeup of different customer bases—all of these contribute to how a project is viewed, managed, and in the end deemed successful. And so this book will begin with a look at what the domains of project management typically entail, what performance factors are typically pursued, and what measures (or perceptions) usually shape the picture of success.

But first, I offer a few quick words about the process center of this book, the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), and about the book itself.

The Purpose of This Book

This book explains how the Capability Maturity Model Integration, specifically CMMI-DEV, version 1.2, can be used to foster project management success in technology development shops. More specifically, I discuss how the seven Process Areas defined for Maturity Level 2 particularly address the needs of project management in shops large and small.

This book—and I have kept its focus condensed to the realm of project management—is not intended as a full-bore explanation of all 22 Process Areas in CMMI. Nor is it positioned as a tome on process improvement or what might be called the art of project management. This book takes a practical approach to the business and operational needs of project management, illustrates these against the recommendations contained under CMMI Maturity Level 2, and then describes ways and methods of realizing these recommendations in your organization.

If you read through this book carefully, I hope that in the end you’ll be able to better appreciate four factors relevant to CMMI, process improvement, and project management:

  1. The general requirements for project management success
  2. The general scope and purpose of CMMI
  3. The structure, use, and benefits to be derived from CMMI Maturity Level 2
  4. The complementary relationship that can exist between CMMI and project management bodies of knowledge such as the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

The Audience for This Book

This book has been designed for two distinct but related audiences: project managers and process managers. Both of these groups should find value in the ways that CMMI can contribute to the management of technology projects and connect with specific project management disciplines, as well as how it can support environments in which these disciplines have not yet been introduced.

Project Managers

If you are a project manager, you may come to this book with a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or you may not. You may be certified by the American Management Association (AMA). You might have no formal credentials but possess solid management and organizational skills. You might work in a formalized environment—one supported by long-standing methods and practices. Or you might operate in a more free form culture, one with a get-up-and go approach to doing business. Whatever the situation, project managers remain the driving force behind the coordinated execution of project work in any enterprise, so this book is written especially to address the issues that surround that mission.

The intention of the book is to introduce you to what might be new techniques and management strategies founded in CMMI, not as a total or complete project management solution, but rather as a foundation for growing a capable and effective project management program that can help you better achieve your tactical goals and objectives.

Process Managers

This book is also intended for process managers. In the technology industries, the term process manager has been floating around more and more lately (and that’s a positive thing), but unlike project managers, process managers’ roles and requirements have yet to be solidly defined. They can vary widely from shop to shop. However, the generic function should be recognized. The process manager is the person in an organization who manages that organization’s process program and is generally responsible for the way it is implemented, measured, and maintained. And while there is a PMP designation for project managers, there is no similar designation for process managers. You might assign to the position a Six Sigma black belt, an ISO auditor, or a CMMI lead appraiser, but those are all individual designations. Whoever takes on the role takes on an important responsibility. Process managers serve at the strategic level of operations; the programs they maintain define how their organizations work. And so this book should be of interest to process managers, particularly with regard to their role in supporting project development and management activities.

The methods and process disciplines we discuss in this book, based on CMMI (and related from time to time to the PMI’s PMBOK), can be shaped and tailored to form an evolving process program, or they can be borrowed and trimmed to extend existing process programs. An appreciation for how CMMI can contribute to project management success, within a PMBOK environment or even as a PMBOK alternative, will serve process managers well.

How This Book Is Organized

This book is organized into three general sections.

In the first two chapters, we look at the overall structure of CMMI, explore its focus and purpose, and discuss how one slice of the model—the view from Maturity Level 2—can be used to augment successful project management in a technology shop. We also begin to relate the seven Process Areas typically found at Level 2 to the Knowledge Areas and Process Groups of the PMI’s PMBOK.

Then, in Chapters 3 through 9, we discuss the Specific Goals and Specific Practices of the following seven Process Areas with a view toward implementation for project control:

  • Project Planning
  • Project Monitoring & Control
  • Requirements Management
  • Configuration Management
  • Supplier Agreement Management
  • Measurement & Analysis
  • Process & Product Quality Assurance

In Chapter 10, we look at the Generic Goals and Generic Practices designed to support these Level 2 Process Areas.

Finally, in Chapter 11, we discuss how to integrate the functions and operations of Maturity Level 2 into a well-founded project management program, one based on the principles of process improvement, one built to coexist within the framework of the PMBOK, or one that can be used by project managers outside of, or as an alternative to, the PMBOK.

Let’s begin with an overview of process itself and the case that can be built about the relationship between process and project management success.

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