CMMI, Not Just for Software Anymore!

Andre Hendarman, Teradyne

How did your improvement help the organization achieve its goals?

Teradyne successfully elevated their software group’s performance by adopting the CMMI-DEV 12 years ago. Teradyne then decided that other groups would benefit from similar process discipline. The MSASIC team, hardware engineers who design an integrated circuit, often land on product’s critical path. The complexity of the chips developed by MSASIC group has also grown to over 3-times from the past generation. The project demands near-perfect execution for the initial prototype – anything less is very costly to fix. With the CMMI adoption, the MSASIC team has successfully managed to improve predictability and the quality of the prototype and reduce the time to market.

How did adoption or use of the CMMI contribute to the improvement?

The software group had a great success with CMMI, development defects were detected early in the lifecycle and post-release defects had diminished. The Teradyne IG-XL software is now ranked best-in-class by our customers. The MSASIC process improvement efforts began in 2012. Adoption of CMMI provided a roadmap and framework to reconstruct the existing processes and make them practical and complete. The CMMI appraisals, SCAMPI-C and SCAMPI-A were used effectively and kept the group on track. Another benefit was that it allowed us to leverage the common processes from other groups adopting CMMI.

Why should this implementation be considered successful?

Comparing the four projects from before, during and after the adoption, we have seen improved predictability with a measurable reduction in slip rate. Time to first functional or usable prototype is also improving. The number of spins required has a clear trend of improvement as well, as the later project after adoption requires less number of spins. The productivity per complexity unit is also improving. All of these trends indicate the quality of work improvements, process discipline, and a successful CMMI adoption.

Andre Hendarman

Andre Hendarman leads a world-class, dynamic and experienced engineering design group developing a variety of state-of-the-art Mixed Signal ASICs for use in Teradyne’s products sold in a global marketplace. With more than 25 years of experience, he is an accomplished chip designer with a number of successful products in the market. He holds an MSCENG from USC and an MBA from CSUN. An exceptional manager and a knack for working with people, he is passionate about building high performing teams, optimizing operations and getting things done right the first time.


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