August 2017 Partner Newsletter

Last month, we invited you to participate in the community review of Release 3 content for CMMI V2.0.  Release 3 includes all the content for the CMMI for Development V2.0 model along with helpful front and back matter content.  That content is presented through a prototype of the online model viewer to get your feedback on the content as well as the delivery method.  If you haven’t participated in the review yet, it is not too late!  The deadline for review comments is Tuesday, 5 September, which is earlier than originally planned in order to keep the project moving.  Please set aside a few hours to dive into the CMMI V2.0 Release 3 and share your feedback.

All CMMI Institute Partner certified individuals and business points of contact received instruction for accessing the model.  If you need a refresher, please go to: or send an email to

Stay up to date with the entire CMMI V2.0 project at

Katie Tarara
Manager of Partner and Client Services

What’s New in August

Sign Up to Participate in the Review of the CMMI V2.0 Implementation Guides

As Release 3 comes to a close, the development team that has been working on the implementation guides for CMMI V2.0 is preparing to share their products for review.  Two guides will be available for review: one is designed for organizations just starting to use CMMI, the other is a transition guide for organizations that currently use CMMI V1.3.  We will be taking these guides directly to end users for feedback and piloting, but we would like some Partner insight as well.   If you will have time to review these documents in early September, please send an email to to join the list of people who will get the implementation guides for review next month.

Give your Prospects a Discount to Get Started with the Virtual Advisor Tool

Our Virtual Advisor Tool is a quick and efficient way for potential customers to obtain a gap analysis of their organization’s capabilities while also providing a business case for implementing the CMMI in their organization. This is a great opportunity to nurture your clients through the sales process. We want to help you as you encourage new prospects to take advantage of this tool, so we are offering our valued Partners a 20% discount to offer your prospects.  Send them the link (  to the tool with instructions to enter the promo code: CMMIPARTNER at check out. This offer is good until 1 October 2017.

New Appraisal Pilot Program: Lead Appraisers Needed

Do you have experience in the medical device industry? We’re vetting certified lead appraisers for a new appraisal pilot program in collaboration with the FDA.  If interested, please send your resume (indicating medical device experience) to

Upcoming Events

Next CMMI Institute Quarterly Partner Webinar: 10 October 2017
Mark your calendar, or better yet, register now for our next quarterly Partner webinar on Tuesday, 10 October. The webinar will be offered at 10 AM and 8 PM Eastern time and will cover updates from CMMI Institute around operational and strategic support topics, and, of course, CMMI V2.0.

Register here:

Call for Participation: Capability Counts 2018 and Capability Challenge 2018

CMMI® Institute has opened submissions for Capability Counts 2018’s Call for Participation and the Capability Challenge. We invite all partners to submit both an abstract to be considered as a speaker and their process or performance improvement story to be considered for the Capability Challenge competition. We also encourage you to share this information with your clients as well – suggested social media posts are provided below for your convenience.

Questions? Email

Call for Participation: Deadline for submission 30 September 2017

CMMI Institute invites you to submit an abstract to be considered as a speaker for Capability Counts 2018! If chosen, you will have the unique opportunity to share your expertise in process and performance improvement with 300+ thought leaders from around the world!

  • Suggested Twitter post (see attachment #1 for image)

#CapabilityCounts2018 Call For Papers: Submit an abstract of your #CMMI #process or #performance improvement story!

Capability Challenge: Deadline for submission 31 October 2017

The Capability Challenge competition showcases thought leaders from around the world who are improving their business performance by building organizational capability. Submit your story:

  • Suggested Twitter post (see attachment #2 for image)

Gain recognition for your success in driving performance through improved #capabilities at the #CapabilityChallenge!

Sign up: Partner Workshop and Capability Counts 2018

Register now for next year’s Annual Partner Workshop (30 April) and Capability Counts conference (1-2 May) at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia. Partners will need to register for each event separately.

Partner Workshop registration:
There is no cost for the Partner Workshop, but registration is required.

Conference registration:

All CMMI Institute Partners are eligible for the conference discount rate of $1,299. Once you’ve filled in your contact information you will need to select your partner organization from the drop-down list in the registration questions to secure the partner rate.

Date Name Location
10/23/2017-10/27/2017 Applying CMMI Virtual Offering


10/30/2017-11/3/2017 SCAMPI Lead Appraiser Training (5 days) Beijing, China


11/6/2017-11/9/2017 Applying CMMI (4 days) Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S.A


11/6/2017-11/10/2017 Instructor Training + Instructional Methods (3 days) Beijing, China


11/14/2017-11/17/2017 Achieving High Maturity (4 days) Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S.A


12/11/2017-12/15/2017 SCAMPI Lead Appraiser Training (5 days) Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S.A


Advanced CMMI Training Courses Schedule for 2017
CMMI Institute’s public course schedule is out for the rest of 2017.  As we prepare for the launch of CMMI V2.0 next year, now is a great time to get certified with CMMI V1.3.  Individuals who take the advanced training courses now will be able to offer CMMI V1.3 courses or appraisals through the sunset period, and get ready to offer CMMI V2.0 services. Any students who take SCAMPI Lead Appraiser Training or CMMI Instructor Training in the final quarter of 2017 will also receive a voucher for $1,000 off the associated V2.0 Upgrade Workshop.

We will offer Applying CMMI, SCAMPI Lead Appraiser Training, and Instructor Training this year.  You can register for the courses with the links below. If you have questions about the certification process,

please send an email to

Sign Up for CMMI V2.0 Partner Upgrade Trainings

After selling out the October CMMI V2.0 Upgrade Trainings, we have added additional offerings in a variety of dates and locations to suit partners’ needs. Space is very limited so register now to secure your spot. Currently, all certified lead appraisers and instructors are eligible* to register for these trainings.

Date Name Location
01/22/2018-01/26/2018 CMMI V2.0 Instructor Workshop + CMMI V2.0 Lead Appraiser Workshop Orlando, Fl., U.S.A
4/27/2018-4/29/2018 CMMI V2.0 Instructor Workshop + CMMI V2.0 Lead Appraiser Workshop (2 concurrent classes) Reston, Va., U.S.A


The CMMI V2.0 Instructor Workshop cost is $1,000 and the CMMI V2.0 Lead Appraiser Workshop will cost an additional $2,000. Venue details will be forthcoming.
To upgrade your instructor and lead appraiser certification to CMMI V2.0, please use the link below to register for the upgrade trainings in your desired location.

CMMI Institute is currently exploring dates and locations for additional Upgrade Training offerings in 2018—including virtual instructor-led options—so if these classes do not work for you, there will be other opportunities.

*Eligibility: All certified individuals’ partnerships must be in good standing (with no past due invoices) for registration to be accepted for these upgrade training courses.

Announcements, Policies, Resources, and Reminders

Quality Tip: High Maturity Experience

The Quality Team has reviewed appraisals where one or more team members with no high maturity experience have served on mini-teams tasked with reviewing high maturity PAs. This month’s Quality Tip reviews the requirements for mini-team selection on high maturity appraisals.

Updated: High Maturity Supplement Training for ATMS

The High Maturity Supplement for the Appraisal Team Training has been updated to reflect CMMI Institute’s branding. The training, which is recommended for use on all high maturity appraisals, can be found in the High Maturity Lead Appraiser section of the Partner Resource Center.

CMMI V2.0 Marketing Tool

The CMMI V2.0 Brochure as well as the most frequent topics of interest (What’s in V2.0?  What’s different from V1.3? When will V2.0 be available?) have been converted into a brief slide deck that you can use when talking with your customers about CMMI 2.0.  The slide deck is available to download and share here:

Do you need ATMs for an upcoming appraisal? Or are you looking for an opportunity to serve as an ATM?

Several prospective candidate lead appraisers and instructors need to gain experience as appraisal team members (ATMs) 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:

Watch the Recording: 11 July 2017 Quarterly Partner Webinar

In case you missed it, the Quarterly Partner Webinar held on 11 July featured information about the upcoming CMMI V2.0 upgrade trainings and an update on CMMI V2.0. The webinar recording is available online in the PRC ( or you can stream the video here:

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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