Neil Potter, Agile / CMMI Coach and Lead Appraiser
The Process Group
Neil Potter is co-founder of The Process Group, a company formed in 1990 that consults on improving schedule, cost, and quality results for software, IT, and systems development organizations. He has 28 years of experience in software and process engineering. Neil is a Certified Scrum Master, CMMI Institute Certified Lead Appraiser, Intro to CMMI instructor, and Six Sigma Greenbelt. He has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Essex (UK) and is the co-author of Making Process Improvement Work - A Concise Action Guide for Software Managers and Practitioners, and Making Process Improvement Work for Service Organizations, Addison-Wesley.
Conference Track: Business Results Through CMMI
When CMMI is done well, the organization hums. This presentation describes what it is like to live in a medium-sized complex engineering organization appraised at ML (Maturity Level) 3. Topics covered
The essence of CMMI ML 2 and 3
What does practice implementation look like?
Authentic use vs. compliance: how does the organization own the practices?
Typical life cycles used: does it matter?
Waterfall, Agile/Scrum: how they fit
Quality practices and finding defects early
Collecting, organizing and using best practices & lessons learned.
Conference Track: Integrating Models, Standards, and Methodologies
DSS has a 20-year history of modernizing legacy systems performance and efficiencies of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
Confident with their assessment performance, management was challenged to offer teams a second agile methodology (Kanban) without compromising the gains achieved during the assessment, while undergoing a complete tool replacement (Atlassian).
The presentation illustrates how the organization used CMMI to:
- Strengthen Kanban without losing its strengths.
- Evaluate criteria to help choose which methodology to use.
- Ensure the selected methodology is being followed and is delivering quality.
- Keep the tool (Atlassian) and methodology in sync.