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CMMI: Guidelines for Process Integration and Product Improvement (2nd Edition) Hardcover – Nov 13 2006

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful yet dangerous Model July 20 2007
By John L. Dale - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Much like the King James Bible and the Anarchist's Cookbook this book is dangerous in the wrong hands. When used properly the Model is a highly effective tool for measuring organizational maturity and for developing an organizational maturity roadmap. In the wrong hands it can actually hurt an organization. Typically this harm is manifested either by process wonks who zealously accept the Model at face value rather than interpreting it for their organization or by senior management and sales reps who don't understand the model and see maturity levels only as a means for business winning. I think this is a great Model, just remember, if you are going to use it, make sure your organizational needs drive your interpretation of model and not the other way around. And for all that is good and Holy, please read the entire book (specifically the section on Process Components)!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I don't recommend this book Sept. 18 2010
By Edvin - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you are a practitioner of CMMI, then this book can "possibly" serve as a desk reference;
otherwise, don't even think about using this book as a complementing reference.
All ideas are abstract at best.

Authors listen up: instead of 600+ pages of reference, make it a 1200 page book that has examples.
Can you imagine learning physics, math, or any other science/engineering activity without seeing an example.
Yes, CMMI doesn't tell you how to do "things"; however, as authors you should provide examples that will clarify the concept. Call it CMMI for dummies, with reall examples. Let me know if you come up with a better book; I'll happily review it to give positive feedback.

Readers, if you think I'm exaggerating; consider this example under "SP 1.2 Establish Process-Performance Measures" ...
"Examples of criteria used to select measures include the following:
* Visibility that the measures provide into the process performance
* Availability of the measures
* Extent to the which measures are objective..."

Seriously, does this information give you any insight about how you should proceed with restructuring your
organizational processes?

These examples remind me of undergraduate student work that try to
fill the whitespace with useless text to make the page longer.

My background: BS. in computer Science, MS. in Systems engineering, MS. in Business Administration, employed as a senior software engineer & transitioning into management. I'm currently working towards MS in software engineering; this was one of the required text books.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is what I needed June 21 2008
By M. M. Livio - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Having read many reviews of the book, I was concerned as to whether it would meet my needs. It was just what I needed. Our organization is doing a gap analysis for an assessment in the near future. Although the book re-iterates the SEI web page texts, it also has very useful tips in the margins and throughout the book. I was able to quickly go through our gap analysis using the book as my guide (hey! maybe that's why "Guidelines" is in the title).
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Super reference with notes!!! June 16 2008
By Processes - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I disagree with some of the other reviewers. Not only am I leading a project to set-up a CMMI Quality Program, but I am teaching a "newbee" to the quality world. The spec that SEI publishes is great and the notes included in this book are very informative to the new folks. I have the V1.1 and V1.2 texts and use them both on a regular basis when training and when working. Yeah to Mary Beth, Mike and Sandy!!!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
CMMI Second Edition Jan. 15 2007
By Blue Jeeper - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Much easier to use than the first edition. Should be more helpful to a beginner to the CMMI process.