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May 6, 1998
Using the Software CMM with Judgment: Small Projects & Small Organizations

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Using the Software CMM with Judgment: Small Projects & Small Organizations

In this presentation, Mark Paulk will discuss some of the common problems with interpreting the Software CMM for the small project/organization. What does "small" mean? In terms of people? Time? Size of project? Criticality of project? What are the CMM "requirements"? Are there key process areas or goals that should not be applied to small projects/organizations? What are the drivers and motivations that cause abuse of the CMM? The conclusion of this presentation is that the issues associated with interpreting the Software CMM for the small project organization may be different in degree, but they are not different in kind, from those for any organization interested in improving its software processes. Using the Software CMM effectively and correctly requires professional judgment and an understanding of how the CMM is structured to be used for different purposes.

Presenter
Mark Paulk, Software Engineering Institute

Mark Paulk is a senior member of the technical staff at the Software Engineering Institute and has been with the SEI since 1987, initially working with the Software Capability Evaluation Project. He has worked with the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) Project since its inception, and was the project leader during the development of Version 1.1 of the CMM. He is the product manager for Version 2 of the CMM and a contributor to ISO's SPICE (Software Process Improvement and Capability determination) project which is developing a suite of international standards for software process assessment. Prior to joining the SEI, Paulk was a senior systems analyst for Systems Development Corporation (later Unisys Defense Systems) at the Ballistic Missile Defense Advanced Research Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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