February 2017 Partner Network Newsletter

We are grateful to all of you who participated in our annual Partner survey earlier this month. We have been closely reviewing your feedback and learning a lot. Thank you so much. In March, we will gather with the Partner Advisory Board to discuss the feedback you shared and to work together to make plans for the coming year as a result of your input.

Many of you mentioned in your survey responses that you were pleased with the release of A Guide to Scrum and CMMI®: Improving Agile Performance with CMMI at the start of the year, and you are not alone!  Already, the guide has been downloaded over 3,000 times! The marketing team here continues to work on ways to connect the agile community with CMMI, while the development team ensures that the next generation of CMMI will have agile content built in from the beginning.  These efforts can be traced back to feedback we received from the market—end users as well as Partners—and we will continue to listen to the market to move the CMMI forward.

Thank you for your partnership as we do this work together!


Katie T

Katie Tarara
Manager of Partner and Client Services

What’s New in February

Upcoming CMMI COBIT 5 Webinar
As a follow up to the recent release of the ISACA/CMMI COBIT 5 tool, Alex Stall, CMMI Practice Leader will be presenting during ISACA’s upcoming “Leveraging COBIT 5 and CMMI” webinar. It will take place Thursday 2 March at 12PM (EST)/ 11AM (CST) / 9AM (PST) / 17:00(UTC):

New Resource Translations Available: “What is CMMI?”
We are pleased to announce the new translations of our “What is CMMI?” document into Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Please feel free to share with your clients. They are available to download from the Partner Resource Center (PRC):

Name Change: CMMI Institute, LLC
CMMI Institute, LLC is now our official legal name. Formerly, CMMI Institute was the “doing business as” (DBA) name for Clearmodel, LLC. Our tax ID number remains unchanged. This will not affect any payments that have been sent, but please make all future payments to “CMMI Institute, LLC” moving forward. If you have any questions, please contact

Tax Residency Certificate Available Now:
After a long time and a lot of patience from our Partners, we have received CMMI Institute’s 2016 Tax Residency Certificates(TRC) from the United States Internal Revenue Service. Thank you for bearing with us over the months as we worked to acquire this document after the CMMI Institute ownership changed. The 2017 TRC request has already been filed and we hope to obtain it soon.

If you require a copy of the 2016 TRC, please email and specify if you need an electric or hard copy.

Next Generation Update

For Your Information:
As the development of the next generation of CMMI continues, it is important to acknowledge that this name and its variations (next generation, next gen, nexgen) is the project’s internal use name and not the final external market name.  A full naming study is currently underway, with results concluding in early March. We plan to announce the official name for the product suite shortly thereafter.  As part of the process, legal reviews are underway to determine the intellectual property and trademark risks to usage and registration of the name(s) globally.

Ways to Get Involved:
One of the improvements planned for the next generation of CMMI is updating the content of the People CMM (P-CMM) model and aligning the architecture of the P-CMM with CMMI. The architecture work is complete and the content work is underway for the “Workforce Management” practice areas. We are looking for reviewers for this work who have experience with the P-CMM or professional expertise in the areas of people management, human resources, etc. If you are interested in this opportunity, please reach out to and we will connect you with the team.


Are You Planning an Event for 2017?
CMMI Institute is building our schedule for events where our executives or subject matter experts will speak this year.  If you are hosting an event that you would like us to be part of, or if there are other events in your region that would benefit from a CMMI presence, please send an email to with information.

Register Now: 11 April 2017 is the next Quarterly Partner Webinar
CMMI Institute is happy to provide quarterly webinars specifically for our Partners. These webinars allow us to share updates about CMMI Institute projects and other issues that affect our Partners. They also give our Partners a chance to get answers to your questions.

The webinar will be presented twice in order to make it possible for all of our global Partners to take part. Please register for the time that works best for your schedule:

(If you missed the last quarterly Partner webinar in January, you can watch the recording here: link to all Partner webinar recordings can also be found in the PRC.)

Upcoming CMMI Trainings in Bangalore, Pittsburgh, and Alexandria
We have limited spots left in our CMMI® Instructor Training, Instructional Methods and SCAMPI℠ Lead Appraiser Training next month in Bangalore, India, so if you are planning to attend sign up soon!

22-24 March – Instructor Training 1-2 seats left

23-24 March – CMMI Instructional Methods 1-2 seats left

27-31 March – SCAMPI Lead Appraiser Training 4 seats left

We also have courses scheduled for the United States in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Alexandria, Virginia.


24-28 April – SCAMPI Lead Appraiser Training 5 seats left

Alexandria (conference):

15-19 May – Advancing Organizational Capability: Applying CMMI 8 seats left

15-17 May – CMMI Instructional Methods 4 seats left

20-21 May – CMMI Instructional Methods 3 seats left

Check out our Training Calendar for full details.

Capability Counts 2017, Partner Workshop, and Pre-Conference Tutorials
The Capability Counts 2017 conference (16-17 May) and Partner Workshop (18-19 May) will be held at The Westin Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia. More details can be found here:

The Pre-Conference Tutorial sessions will be held on Monday, 15 May.  (

Get a Partner Promo Code Discount to Share with Clients
All employees of CMMI Partner organizations are able to register at the Partner rate of $1,299.  You can also request a $100 discount code (email for your clients so you can attend the conference together.

Announcements, Policies, Resources, and Reminders

Send in your Nominations for New PAB Members
The Partner Advisory Board (PAB) is designed to reflect the make-up of our global Partner Network. The election will take place online in March 2017. Nominations for the upcoming election were collected through the Annual Partner Survey. If you would like to add a nominee, send his or her name to with the note “PAB Election Nominee” in the subject line.  Please remember that only Partner business points of contact may sit on the PAB.

We’ll Waive your Appraisal Fee when You Use a Candidate ATM
Several prospective candidate lead appraisers and instructors need to gain experience as an appraisal team member (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:

End-of-Course Survey Report Available
The January 2016 – December 2016 aggregate End-of-Course survey report is available for instructors in the PRC. Click into the “Survey Results” folder under your instructor role:

As a reminder, you should be automatically receiving your individual survey results each time a student submits feedback listing you as their instructor. (The individual feedback messages will come from SurveyGizmo which allows you to quickly find and filter these messages.)

C-Suite Level White Paper
Thriving in the Age of Disruption: Why capability is the key to staying ahead of rapidly evolving expectations is a white paper targeted at C-suite level executives that positions capability as central to managing organizations in the current, highly dynamic economy. It includes case studies and results from the online self-assessment tool. The white paper is available in the PRC (

The COBIT 5/CMMI Practices Pathway Tool provides business IT practitioners with guidance on how to deliver additional value to stakeholders by strengthening process designs.  Users will be able to utilize organizational resources more effectively, measure performance more accurately, and lower costs through stronger governance. The tool and instructions are available in the PRC under “Resources” or “Administrative” (

Resource for CMMI and Agile
As a reminder, the CMMI Institute published A Guide to Scrum and CMMI:  Improving Agile Performance with CMMI.  The Guide was published to help users adopt and implement CMMI to improve performance in agile organizations. Download the Guide here:

We hope that you find these sites useful; any additional questions can be directed to

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