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Topic for June:
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Topic: "Interpretive Guidance for CMMI: What we've Learned"
Speaker: Mary Beth Chrissis


Since the release of version 1.1 of the CMMI Product Suite, the SEI has worked to aid the adoption of CMMI. The interpretive guidance project was formed to find out if there was information in CMMI models that might be more easily used by software, information technology, and information systems organizations­as well as the community at large­if special guidance or interpretation was provided.

This project collected information from birds-of-a-feather sessions at conferences, workshops at SPIN meetings, expert group meetings, detailed interviews with select software organizations, feedback from SCAMPI appraisals, and a Web-based questionnaire.

Based on the information collected, the project determined what guidance or interpretation of CMMI model best practices is warranted to help these organizations upgrade or adopt CMMI for their process improvement programs.

This presentation will describe the interpretation issues that were found and how the SEI is addressing them.

About the Speaker

Mary Beth Chrissis is a senior member of the technical staff at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).

Since joining the SEI in 1988, Chrissis has been a coauthor of all releases of the Capability Maturity Model for Software and all releases of the Capability Maturity Model Integration models.

Currently, she is leading the CMMI Interpretive Guidance Project that focuses on understanding and addressing CMMI adoption issues and perceived barriers in the software community with a special focus on information technology (IT), information systems (IS), and commercial software.

Chrissis is a member of the CMMI Configuration Control Board and is an instructor of various SW-CMM and CMMI model-related courses at the SEI.

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