May 2017 Partner Newsletter

Earlier this month, many of the CMMI Institute Partner community gathered in Alexandria, VA, for the annual Partner Workshop.   The workshop is a favorite time of year for us at the CMMI Institute, as it gives us a unique opportunity to listen to our Partners in person and to better understand your perspective on our shared work.  At this year’s event, we spent most of our time preparing for the upcoming release of CMMI V2.0.  The slides shared at the workshop are available to access through the Partner Resource Center (  We are also preparing videos with the slides and live audio from the Partner Workshop.  The first of these are available to access through the PRC, and the remaining content will be posted there by the end of this week.  If you were unable to attend the workshop, we request that you take some time to watch the video to get caught up on the current state of things with the CMMI V2.0 project.

We have also updated the CMMI V2.0 blog site ( with information shared at the Workshop about the process to upgrade your certifications; the timeline for upcoming reviews, launch dates, and the V1.3 sunset period; and materials that you can share with your customers.

It’s going to be an exciting year with CMMI—thank you for coming with us on the journey to V2.0!

Best regards,

Katie Tarara
Manager of Partner and Client Services

What’s New in May

Partner Advisory Board Update from PAB Chair, Jeff Dalton

What a fantastic week in Alexandria!  Thanks to the great leadership of conference chair Michael West, the conference team, and over 80 excellent speakers and instructors, this year’s Capability Counts was the biggest and best yet.  It was a hard act to follow, but the CMM Institute team then rose to the challenge and put on a great Partner Workshop where we were able to learn about CMMI v2.0, as well as what is happening in marketing, partner relations, operations, and information technology.

Capability Counts also marks the launch of the new Partner Advisory Board (PAB).  PAB members are elected each year to bring their expertise, insight, and advice to bear on matters important to the Partner Community.  These volunteers are professionals who are passionate about the CMMI, P-CMM, and DMM, and will be offering advice and recommendations related to the quality, marketing, messaging, operations and more.

This year’s PAB is truly global.  With representation from Asia, Europe, North America, and South America, this is the most regionally diverse board of professionals we’ve ever had.  Each member is a successful and proven business leader in their own right, and comes to the board with the passion and energy we need to expand the adoption of CMMI Institute models and services. If you have ideas you’d like to share, you are always welcomed to contact the PAB at, or by using the PAB Reporting Form at:

I am honored to return as PAB Chairman this year, after having served during the transition in 2012-2014. This year I hope to leverage the extraordinary expertise of the current board to provide advice to the CMMI Institute that will result in substantial growth in both adoption and business for all Partners.  Onward!

Next Generation (CMMI v2.0) Updates

The CMMI V2.0 project status has been updated at:  While you are at the V2.0 blog site, be sure to check out the Certification Upgrade Training page and the project release timeline.

Subscribe to the site to get an email each time we make changes to the site, so you won’t miss a step on the path to V2.0.


SAVE THE DATE: Partner Workshop and Capability Counts 2018

Mark your calendar, next year’s Annual Partner Workshop will kick off Sunday evening, April 29th at 7 PM with the Workshop reception. Monday, April 30 will be the Partner Workshop, followed by the Capability Counts May 1-2. We are still finalizing plans to include CMMI V2.0 upgrade training opportunities in connection with the Partner Workshop.  We will communicate these plans, as well as the confirmed location in the Washington, D.C. area by July, 2017.
Upcoming DMM Webinar: Why Analytics Fails and How to Fix It

CMMI Institute’s DMM Practice Leader, Jim Halcomb will be presenting an hour-long webinar Tuesday June 27th 10:00AM EST. He will discuss typical struggles thwarting analysts, data management practices that would help, and how to navigate this journey using the DMM. Register here:

Quarterly Partner Webinar: Tuesday 12 July 2016, 10 AM and 8 PM Eastern Time

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

Register for the July webinar that works for your schedule here:

Upcoming Training Courses

The CMMI Institute is offering Instructor Training in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania July 19-21 2017:

If you are an existing CMMI Instructor in need of the Learner Centered Orientation Course, the next offering of Instructional Methods will be in Pittsburgh July 20-21 2017:

Alex Stall will be instructing both courses. Please be sure to sign up soon as space is limited!

Announcements, Policies, Resources, and Reminders

Quality Tip for May 2017

The reporting of Functional Area Representative (FAR) Groups is an issue that has been frequently returned to Lead Appraisers during quality reviews. This month’s Quality Tip provides guidance on how to use SAS to report your appraisal’s FAR Groups.

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 (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:

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.

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.

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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