Sara Deaton

Vice President, Quality Assurance, Cummings Aerospace, Inc.



Sara Deaton is the VP of Quality Assurance at Cummings Aerospace. She has 30 years experience in the defense industry. She is an ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer and Process Analyst. Her background includes software development, systems engineering, program management, quality engineering, and mission assurance. She has actively participated in the development, maintenance, and evaluation of many quality management systems over her career. Ms. Deaton has served on multiple CMMI assessment/evaluation teams. She recently led Cummings Aerospace's CMMI implementation to successfully achieve CMMI Level 3. Ms. Deaton enjoys problem solving and helping businesses to become more efficient.

Track: Integrated Solutions

Presentation Title: CMMI Adoption with Multi-Model Integration

Presentation Summary: Cummings Aerospace set a goal of implementing a Quality Management System, using ISO 9001:2008 and CMMI for Development v1.3 standards, while also including an Agile Software Development Methodology. We completed our goal in June 2016. Applying an overall agile iterative and incremental approach was key to successful implementation. This presentation guides CMMI adopters through our implementation effort, including managing multiple standard requirements, careful planning, implementation activities, metrics, and lessons learned. Our techniques and experience will benefit other CMMI adopters. If our company with less than 25 employees can meet complex CMMI adoption goals, so can any business.


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