Practical Insight into CMMI is an essential reference for engineering, IT and management professionals striving to grasp the "look and feel of a successful business oriented process improvement implementation". Taking you beyond the Capability Maturity Model to the integrated world of systems and software, this comprehensive resource presents CMMI in a manner that is easy to comprehend by higher-level managers and practitioners alike. Written by a world-renowned expert in the field, the book offers a clear picture of the activities an organization would be engaged in if their systems and software engineering processes were based on CMMI. The book teaches the roles and responsibilities of professionals at all levels, from senior and middle management to project leaders and quality assurance personnel.
Offering a full appreciation of the power of CMMI to enhance systems and software process improvement initiatives, this invaluable reference captures the essence of each of process area by presenting it in a practical context. From project monitoring and control, quality management, and requirements engineering, to risk management, integrated teams, and measurement programs, this authoritative volume provides you with a complete understanding of CMMI and the benefits of this integrated approach in your organization.
Offers a clear picture of the activities an organization would be engaged in if their systems and software engineering processes were based on CMMI. Teaches roles and responsibilities of professionals at all levels
Review By: Julie Cole, MBA, CSSGB 06/11/2007Practical Insight into CMMI provides an understanding of the various principles behind the practices of CMMI (Capability Maturity Model--Integrated). It explains, in depth, the various activities an organization implementing CMMI would undertake and is designed for organizations and firms in all stages of CMMI implementation--from those considering undertaking an implementation to those moving from CMM (Capability Maturity Model) to CMMI. The focus captures perspectives from the role of each level of management.
The book gives a basic overview of the processes and principles and gives concrete examples and diagrams explaining how CMMI works for various roles. It is relatively easy to read and gives a comprehensive dictionary of terminology used throughout the text. The organization of the book is such that a reader can read the areas most interesting to her and still get valuable information without having to read the entire book.
The author, Tim Kasse, is a process improvement professional who has trained many thousands of people in this particular model. His observations and tips throughout the book give the reader the benefit of his knowledge and experience without having to bring a consultant of his caliber into the organization (which may also benefit an implementing organization).
The only down side to the book is that, at times, the author turns to the generic practices of the CMMI text without elaborating. This information can be obtained from the CMMI directly, and the reader of this text anticipates that more illumination and understanding will be gained from reading a text to supplement the actual practices. However, in most cases, the book makes up for this small distraction in the explanations of the various roles and their responsibilities during CMMI processes and practices.
“Practical Insight into CMMI” is a great book for the quality practitioner charged with the analysis or the implementation of CMMI at a software organization. The text gives definitions, diagrams, roles, and responsibilities for the various process areas associated with CMMI from which the reader will gain the extensive knowledge and insight of an experienced consultant.