December 2017 Partner Network Newsletter

As 2017 comes to an end, we are grateful for your ongoing Partnership in CMMI Institute’s mission to make the world work better. We hope that this year has been a successful one for you and that 2018 will bring new opportunities for growth, learning, and joy!

As we complete yet another record year for CMMI adoption, CMMI Institute continues to grow and change to support the work of CMMI Institute Partners and end users around the world. This year, we added several new team members to our team who are focused on ensuring that CMMI’s impact will continue to grow globally along with the success of our Partners. In January, we will provide our annual report to Partners with highlights from 2017 and a look ahead to 2018.

Here’s to a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2018!


Katie Tarara
Manager of Partner and Client Services


What’s New in December

 CMMI V2.0 Project Status

The CMMI V2.0 architecture team worked through December to review all the comments from community review of the model content from Release 3 of Development and the additional review of Supplier Agreement Management (SAM). The model is now complete and is moving through final technical editing. The team has started work on the comments from the community review of the MDD, and are on schedule to complete that effort in January.

Please plan to attend the Partner Webinar on 9 January for more information and the chance to ask your questions of the architecture team directly.

Please remember that you can find CMMI V2.0 project updates, information about upgrade training, and more at


Complete 2018 Upgrade Training Schedule

The full 2018 schedule of CMMI V2.0 Upgrade Workshops for instructors and appraisers around the world is now available:

In addition, the CMMI V2.0 Upgrade Workshop scheduled for Reston, Virginia is nearly at capacity, so if you plan on attending please register soon to secure your seat.

The complete 2018 CMMI Institute public course calendar—including Applying CMMI, Achieving High Maturity, Lead Appraiser Training, Instructor Training, and DMM courses—can be found here:


Please Whitelist our New Email Service Provider

Due to the volume of automated appraisal emails that we send on a monthly basis we recently transitioned to a new, more robust email automation service provider for all of our mass communications.

What does this mean? Hopefully nothing, however during the transition we discovered that some of the automated appraisal emails weren’t being delivered even though they were being sent correctly. We’re monitoring this closely to resolve any of these issues as they occur.

What should you do? Ensure that is on your safe sender list or have your IT support whitelist that domain in your system. This will make sure that essential information about your appraisals is getting to you. And we’ll be using this system in the future to send Partner communications as well so it’s very important that all Partners are receiving messages from


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Introduces New Framework to Improve Patient Safety

According to, mismatched patient data is the third leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States, and the risk for errors grows with the increasing number of digital patient records. To address this serious issue, the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT has introduced the Patient Data Demographic Quality (PDDQ) framework. The goal of this framework is to improve patient safety by helping organizations adopt a coordinated approach to achieve accurate, trusted patient data. The PDDQ’s content is derived from the Data Management Maturity (DMM)SM model, created by the CMMI® Institute as a comprehensive reference model of fundamental data management processes that constitute a graduated path to greater capabilities and maturity.

Access PDDQ Framework

Help Healthcare Organizations to Get Started Implementing the PDDQ Framework:


Upcoming Events

Next CMMI Institute Quarterly Partner Webinar: 9 January 2018
Please register for our next quarterly Partner webinar on Tuesday, 9 January. The webinar will be offered at 10 AM and 8 PM U.S. Eastern time and will cover updates from CMMI Institute around operational and strategic support topics, and, of course, CMMI V2.0.

Register here

In case you missed the last one, October’s Quarterly Webinar recording as well as prior webinar recordings can be viewed here:

Sign up: Partner Workshop and Capability Counts 2018

Register now for the 2018 Annual Partner Workshop (30 April) and 2018 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.



Announcements, Policies, Resources, and Reminders

Quality Tip: Will Return Next Month

Our monthly Quality Tips provide a forum to review issues related to CMMI appraisals. Over the past 5 years we’ve posted 35 tips in the forum covering a wide variety of appraisal questions and issues (listed below). Lead appraisers should be familiar with the guidance in the articles found here:

Action Plan Reappraisals

Appraisal Correspondence

Appraisal Data

Appraisal Participants

Appraisal Review Time

Appraisal Sponsor SAS Accounts

Characterization Values May Not be Modified

Clarification of Terms

Clarifying the Intent of Coverage Rule 1 for Basic Units

Contact Information for Basic Units

Data Sufficiency

Deactivated SAS Accounts

Decision Analysis and Resolution – Not Just for Technical Decisions

Document Review

Ensuring Accuracy in Organizational Scoping

Excluded Projects

FAR Groups

High Maturity Experience

Multi-Organization Appraisals

Organization Names

People Sample Size

Planning and Reporting Multi-Model Appraisals

Process Area Performance Attribution

Reporting Subgroup Information

Request for an Organization Name Change

Sampling Factor Guidance for Appraisals Where the Sample Size Equals 100%

Sampling Factor Justification

SAS Process Context Screen Change

SCAMPI Appraisal System (SAS) Registrations for Team Members

Senior Management

Sensitive Data & Contact Fields for Appraisal Reporting

Team Member Qualifications – Guidance for Selecting Appraisal Team Members

Use of Internal Lead Appraisers

Using Virtual Methods and SCAMPI


Final Reminder: Additional Resources to Prepare your Clients

Now that the first CMMI V2.0 courses have finished, the word is getting out about CMMI V2.0. We’re glad that you and others want to share the excitement about the coming improvements to the model. If you plan to do more of this, we ask that you use these guidelines:

  • When talking about the release timeline, you can share that CMMI V2.0 will be launched in March 2018 with the CMMI for Development model, updated appraisal method, new training courses, and guides for adoption.
  • Focus on the improvements and new value provided in CMMI V2.0. You may want to use the PowerPoint slides available here:
  • For organizations currently using CMMI for Development V1.3 that want to begin planning for their transition to CMMI for Development V2.0, you may download and share the PDF of the draft outline of the model. CMMI_V2.0_Outline_For_Partners

This is still a draft version as the final disposition of comments has not been completed. Please note that you may not create derivative materials using the CMMI V2.0 content and you may not point your clients to Partner-only materials. Please download and share this file, do not share the link with your clients.

  • If you are talking about CMMI V2.0 in social media, please use the hashtag #CMMI2dot0 (Including the “.” In V2.0 will break the hashtag.)
  • You can point interested parties to the new CMMI V2.0 landing page to sign up for updates. We’ll share public updates with that list as we move toward launch. sent to this list will also go to Partners, so you don’t need to sign up to get the messages.


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:


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