April 2017 Partner Newsletter

We are looking forward to being with you at the annual CMMI Institute Partner Workshop in just a few weeks.  If you haven’t registered for the event, which will be on 18- 19 May in Alexandria, Virginia, please take a few minutes to sign up today.  There is no cost for the Partner Workshop, but registration is required so we can prepare for the full crowd.

If you attend the Partner Workshop you will get information, exclusive to our Partners, about CMMI v2.0 and how you can continue to prepare for its release.  Plus, you’ll have the chance to connect with your fellow Partners, learn some best practices, and interact with CMMI Institute staff.

There’s still time to register for the Capability Counts 2017 conference at the Partner rate of $1,299.  Use this link to register for the workshop, the conference, or both!


Katie Tarara
Manager of Partner and Client Services

What’s New in April

Welcome New Partner Advisory Board Members

Congratulations to David Greer, Paul Byrnes, Sam Gao, and Kieran Doyle who were recently elected to serve on the Partner Advisory Board (PAB). David, Paul, Sam, and Kieran will begin their terms in May, replacing the outgoing PAB members, Peter Leeson, Pat O’Toole, Henry Schneider, and Kathy Smith. Thanks for your service to the community, and special thanks to Kathy who served as the PAB chair last year. To learn more about the role of the PAB, go to:

Kirk Botula to Keynote LeanKanban North America Conference

The event will take place in Washington, D.C. May 8-10 2017. Kirk’s presentation, “Building Agile Capability” will discuss how to achieve organizational agility, focusing on the key capabilities that will help businesses develop better products, faster and at a lower cost, to differentiate themselves and gain a sustainable competitive advantage. Details regarding the program and registration can be found here:

Comparative Data Management Articles

CMMI Institute’s Director of DMM Products and Services, Melanie Mecca, wrote four articles on Comparative Data Management which have been published in The Data Administration Newsletter.

Links to the full articles can be found on the DMM Thought Leadership page:

Watch the Recording: 11 April 2017 Quarterly Partner Webinar

In case you missed it, the Quarterly Partner Webinar held on 11 April featured information about the Maturity Profile, results of the Partner Survey, the Partner Workshop agenda, and an update on CMMI v2.0 (Next Generation). The webinar recording is available online in the PRC ( or you can stream the video here:

Mark your calendar now for the next Quarterly Partner Webinar, Tuesday, 11 July 2017, at 10 AM and 8 PM U.S. Eastern Time.

Next Generation (CMMI v2.0) Updates

For Your Information:

In order to stay up to date on the current status of the CMMI v2.0 project, please bookmark and subscribe to the Next Generation Update site, (open to Partners only) at

Ways to Get Involved:

CMMI v2.0 Training and Certification Review Team

Interested in reviewing the design of the CMMI v2.0 Training and Certification introductory product suite? If you can commit 12 hours to “catch up” on work from February – April and at least 4 hours of review time each month from May – August, the team would love to bring you on board. Monthly meetings are held from 12- 1PM EDT on the final Friday of each month. Participants are asked to comment on select documents by noon EDT on the final Thursday of each month. If you would like to join the team, please contact

LeanKanban Guidance Reviewers Wanted

This month we are in need of 8-10 volunteers who have experience working with the Kanban methodology to review content for a LeanKanban CMMI project. The expectation would be 8-10 hours spent reviewing content.

If you are interested and have availability, we ask that you submit your CV and work experience with Kanban to


Don’t forget: Next month is Capability Counts 2017 and the Partner Workshop!
The Capability Counts 2017 conference (16-17 May) and Partner Workshop (18-19 May) will be held at The Westin Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia. If you have not registered please do so by 10 May 2017. We will not accept registration onsite at the event this year. To learn more or register, visit:

People CMM Training

The CMMI Institute is offering a People CMM workshop consisting of Intro to People CMM and Advancing Organizational Capability: Applying People CMM over 6 days May 8-13 in Alexandria, VA. This training is only available to existing certified Lead Appraisers and Instructors who are interested in adding the People CMM constellation.

The course will take place the week before the conference and special pricing is available if you are attending the conference:

Price of the workshop: $6,000 (Intro People + Applying People)

Price of the workshop if attending the conference: $5,000

If you are attending the conference and wish to get the discount, you will need to have your conference registration paid before you will receive the discount. Contact for details.

Link to register:

Link to application:
Message for CMMI Instructors: Be sure to take Instructional Methods

Any Instructors who took CMMI Instructor Training before 2012 and have not taken the Learner-Centered Orientation course (renamed to CMMI Instructional Methods) will need to take the two-day CMMI Instructional Methods course in order to move from v1.3 instruction to CMMI v2.0 instruction. This course is available now—notably with two courses being offered in Alexandria, VA around the Capability Counts 2017 conference and Partner Workshop.  These courses are nearly full, but still have a few spots open.

See the calendar for upcoming course dates (Use the “Find By” filter to see only Instructional Methods courses):

Completion of this two-day course allows participants a deep understanding of learner-centered instructional strategies as related to the design and usage of all course activities in current (version 1.3) CMMI courses. Not only does this course add value to instructors who are updating, it also serves as one of the transitional (methods) training that Instructors will eventually need to take prior to teaching CMMI v2.0 training offerings.

If you are unsure if you have completed the necessary trainings, please send an email to to confirm.

Achieving High Maturity Course Available in India in June

India leads the world in high maturity appraisals, with thousands of people working inside high maturity organizations, so CMMI Institute is planning to offer the Achieving High Maturity course (formerly named Understanding CMMI High Maturity Practices) in Bangalore, India in June 2017.

The only prerequisite for this course is successful completion of an Introduction to CMMI course, and it does not require an application.  This course is open to practitioners as well as Lead Appraisers who want to become High Maturity Lead Appraisers.

Details are not yet confirmed, so if you are interested in taking this course, please email

Announcements, Policies, Resources, and Reminders

Maturity Profile is Now Available

The end of 2016 Maturity Profile is available online for you to review and share with colleagues and clients.  In addition to the record-breaking number of appraisals completed, the maturity profile also shows growth in several key geographies and growth in appraised organizations using agile methods.
Check it out:

Quality Update: SAS Users Guide

The CMMI Institute Quality Team published a new and improved SAS Users Guide. The latest version of the document provides hands-on direction on the use of the SCAMPI Appraisal System (SAS) for Lead Appraisers, B&C Team Leaders, appraisal sponsors, and appraisal team members. The guide can be found in the Business Point of Contact, LA, and BCTL sections of the Partner Resource Center (PRC)

We’ll Waive your Appraisal Fee when You Use a Candidate ATM

Several prospective candidate lead appraisers and instructors need to gain experience as appraisal team members (ATM) before they can move ahead on their path to certification.  If you use one of the interested ATMs from our list, we will waive the $900 appraisal fee for the appraisal on which the ATM participates. Details can be found here:

New Resource Translations Available: “What is CMMI?”

The “What is CMMI?” document is now translated in into Mandarin Chinese and Spanish and is available in the PRC Marketing Kit folder:


Remember: You can access Partner Network news and join the conversation at any time when you join the CMMI Institute Partner Network Group on LinkedIn:

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