Dr. Elif Yilal

Country Quality Manager at Siemens Corporate Technology

Elif Yilal

Dr. Elif Yilal has been working in information technologies domain as a consultant, mentor and academician for the last 30 years. Her work mainly focuses on software quality management, process improvement, and organizational change management. She assisted many organizations in defining their IT process structures based on international models including CMMI, ISO, ITIL and COBIT. She is currently working as the head of quality in Siemens CT Istanbul supporting development teams in their quest for high quality products.

Integrating Models, Standards, and Methodologies

DPAM: A Lean Check for Process Agility and Maturity

DPAM is an assessment methodology that focuses on maturity and agility of practices utilized by a development project. Based on CMMI, DPAM also addresses agile practices enabling the assessment of a diverse set of software projects. The review, although it has an agile, informal style, provides structured feedback supported by evidence on the status of project practices and possible improvement areas to various stakeholders. DPAM has been piloted in different projects from different countries and our experience has shown that it is a solid project review methodology with minimum disturbance to the teams. This paper presents the rationale behind DPAM, details of its structure and our experience.


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