Not the CMM… Level 1: Initial The software process is ad hoc, and occasionally even chaotic. Few processes are defined, and success depends on individual effort and heroics. Frequent late nights and hollow, sunken eyes are common. Programmers at each others' throats. Managers mostly very angry. Level 2: Repeatable Should a similar project be run, it would probably be just as chaotic. Team leaders have slim control over the programmers. Project manager has installed MS Project, and printed out reams upon reams of Gantt charts which have already started to block doorways and commonly used pathways, e.g. from "zoo" area to kitchen. More late nights than not. Programmers generally civil to each other, but often murmur discontentedly behind each others' backs. Managers have bouts of rage during progress update meetings. Level 3: Defined The software process is documented, standardized, and integrated into a standard process for the organization. Managers express keenness to use the process for any new projects, as soon as all the current projects are finished. Programmers spend more time filling out forms than writing software. Level 4: Managed Accurate metrics are collected for each project, as and when it fails. Detailed "post-mortems" explain why the organization's standard process was not used yet again. Programmers spend large proportion of day updating CV and hanging around the popular job sites. Level 5: Optimizing A miracle worker was passing by one night. Programmers angry because most of the jobs out there are made-up. Source: July, 2003; http://www.bad-managers.com/rumours/cmm_level_one.shtml
Presented at ISACA, January 8, 2004 The roman empire Maturity Model Complete dominance cultural conquest Mercantile conquest Military conquest Explore (1) ad hoc Process Conquer (2) martial Process occupy (3) commercial Process colonize (4) Acculturation Process assimilate (5) Diplomatic Process Romans are everywhere Bow down to Rome, send tribute roman empire We are the world Getting to know you
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