Consulting

We provide end to end consulting for setting up measurement systems, software processes and for implementing CMMI High Maturity practices for organizations targeting CMMI ML4 or ML5 (whether it be a first time implementation or moving from one version to another).

CMMI High Maturity

Our consulting team has worked with around 30 organizations across multiple continents that have been successfully appraised at Maturity Level 4 or 5 for CMMI v1.2 / v1.3.

Our experience is that organizations typically face many challenges while implementing the process areas at Maturity Level 4 especially in ensuring that OPP is compatible and consistent with QPM; in many cases we have noted that the two have little in common leading to an inadequate implementation that hinders rather than helps project teams.

Our team has developed a 15 step methodology (which can be customized to an organization’s specific business needs) to ensure that the OPP implementation while being in line with appraisal requirements actually helps the project team in QPM – something that has been appreciated by project managers across multiple organizations.

Similarly, we have a 14 step process to implement QPM. This was developed over a four year period from 2005 – 2008 and has been found to be highly successful for implementing in companies and projects of all sizes, both for CMMI v1.2 and v1.3. Our methodology focuses on calculating Probability of Success [P(S)] for a project goal using statistical techniques, identifying ways to improve [P(S)], and monitoring it throughout a project. This highly structured, step by step approach makes it a lot easier for project teams to understand and implement QPM in a manner that is useful to them, and hence institutionalization is easier to achieve.

The high maturity process areas (OPP, QPM, CAR & OPM) are closely interlinked; and as such rather than looking at them individually in silos our approach tends to be to look at them as a set that needs to be understood as a group and not just as individual practices to be implemented.

This approach has worked very well for the organizations with whom we have been associated and has also resulted in referrals and repeat business to a high degree.

As part of consulting engagements we do provide training on Statistical techniques; however, the focus is on conceptual understanding of the CMMI requirements and expectations in an appraisal, rather than trying to make Statistics experts out of people.

Designing and Setting up Measurement Systems

Our approach is to look at how a measurement system can help an organization improve its business as well as manage projects better on a real time basis, rather than just looking at how they can gain a CMMI rating.

We focus on:

Organizational Business Objectives

Measurement Needs

Identification of Metrics in line with measurement needs

Metrics Definitions [source of data, units of measure, data granularity, frequency of analysis

Data Analysis Techniques

Data Validation

Measuring the Effectiveness of the Measurement Programme

Apart from CMMI, we use many concepts from six sigma implementations, ISO 9126 and the ISO 25000 series while designing the measurement systems.