October 2017 Partner Network Newsletter

This month, CMMI Institute happily welcomed the First Class of CMMI V2.0 Upgrade students to Pittsburgh for a week of intensive discussion, connection, and learning.  The two tracks of courses were filled with 60 Lead Appraisers and Instructors from all over the world.  The students brought their varied years of experience to bear as they discovered the ways that CMMI V2.0’s changes will improve our shared work–to make the world work better.

The first week of classes was a pilot, and we are grateful to the students who helped us along the way.  Your suggestions for clarity and questions of interpretation have helped the course designers and instructors to make changes ahead of the next course offering in China in November.

We were convinced that the changes from V1.3 to V2.0 are significant enough to warrant time spent in person with the architect and developers for all Lead Appraisers and Instructors.  The upgrade training must provide enough time for discussion and understanding to ensure that you will be able to explain CMMI V2.0 to your clients with confidence.  This realization means some changes to the Upgrade courses offered in 2018—please read the article below for more information—but we believe it will make the difference in successful adoption of CMMI V2.0.

We look forward to continued engagement with our Partners as we move toward the launch of CMMI V2.0! Don’t forget you can stay up to date with the project by visiting:


Katie Tarara
Manager of Partner and Client Services

What’s New in October

MDD in Community Review through November 7

The CMMI V2.0 Appraisal Method Definition Document is currently available for community review.  All Certified Lead Appraisers received an email last week with instructions for participation.  If you would like more information about the MDD review, please visit:

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.

  • 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. Anything sent to this list will also go to Partners, so you don’t need to sign up to get the messages.

Upgrade Training Changes

Based on the feedback and experience of the students in the first class of V2.0 upgrade training, the CMMI V2.0 team has changed the requirements for Lead Appraiser and Instructors to upgrade your certifications.  The CMMI V2.0 Upgrade requirement will not be fulfilled for certified individuals with an elearning course, as originally planned.  Instead, students will have to attend a two-day in-person course before taking the Instructor Upgrade Workshop and the Lead Appraiser Upgrade Workshop.  This change will affect the Upgrade course planned for January 2018 in Orlando, Florida and  the Upgrade courses planned for April 2018 in Reston, Virginia, immediately before the Partner Workshop.

Students who are already registered for these courses have been notified of the change.  There is no additional fee to take the two-day prerequisite course, but it is required before taking the certification upgrade workshops.

The CMMI V2.0 Training team is working on possible alternative course designs for late 2018.  We do not expect to offer Virtual Instructor-Led Upgrade courses until Q4 2018.  We apologize for the change, but believe that the discussion time is crucial to ensure Lead Appraisers and Instructors understand CMMI V2.0 well enough to lead others.

CMMI Institute plans to offer in-person upgrade training courses around the world to lighten the burden of travel for our Partners.  The full schedule for 2018 will be announced by the end of 2017, but no additional courses will be offered until after the Partner Workshop in April.

Appraisal Team Members will be able to take the elearning version of the CMMI V2.0 Upgrade Training  course to participate in V2.0 appraisals.  The elearning is scheduled for release in March 2018.

Upcoming Events

DMM Events: London and Mexico City

The Data Management Maturity (DMM) Team will be at two special events in November. Melanie Mecca, Director of DMM Products and Services, will be presenting a DMM case study “Mining Your Data for Gold” with Barrick Gold Corporation in London at the Enterprise Data Conference Europe. She is also presenting a one-hour introduction to the DMM and a four-hour workshop ““Data Management Maturity – How It Can Propel You to Leadership” later this month at the International Conference on Data and Information Management in Mexico City. Jim Halcomb, DMM Practice Leader, will be presenting “Why Analytics Fails and How to Fix It” as well. If you’re attending this event please stop by our booth to say hello to the team. More details below.

Name Date Location Website
Enterprise Data Conference Europe 20-23 Nov 2017 London
International Conference on Data and Information Management 28-30 Nov 2017 Mexico City

Capability Counts 2018: Submit for the Capability Challenge

We encourage you to invite your customers to join the 2018 Capability Challenge. Help them gain recognition for their success in elevating performance in their organization.

Capability Challenge – submission deadline has been extended to 10 November 2017. The Capability Challenge competition showcases thought leaders from around the world who are improving their business performance by building organizational capability. The selected competitors will participate in an upcoming webinar to compete for the best CMMI Success story. The finalists will join us at the Capability Counts 2018 conference on 1-2 May in Reston, Virginia to present their story to 350+ conference attendees and compete for the title of Capability Challenge Champion.

Submit your story here.

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.

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:

Announcements, Policies, Resources, and Reminders

Quality Tip: Identifying the Organizations of Record

Appraisal reviews have revealed situations in which a company has been wrongly included in the Organization Name field in the SAS record. This month our Quality Tip provides guidance on accurately identifying and reporting the organization(s) of record on a SCAMPI appraisal.

CMMI V2.0 Release Plan

Last month, all CMMI Institute Partners, Lead Appraisers, and Instructors received an email outlining the updated release plan for CMMI V2.0. The new release plan will roll-out CMMI V2.0 content in phases, with Phase 1 planned for release in March 2018. In Phase 1, we will release CMMI for Development V2.0 (including SAM and agile with Scrum context specific content), the introductory level training for development, the appraisal method, and adoption guidance for getting started and for transitioning to CMMI V2.0. The CMMI for Development V2.0 model will be available through the online model viewer and as a downloadable PDF. We plan to accept V2.0 appraisals beginning in January 2019, with the sunset date for CMMI for Development V1.3 appraisals in March 2020.

For insight into the current status of the CMMI V2.0 project, bookmark the project blog site:

Annual SCAMPI Appraisal Limit Raised to 16 for 2017 Pilot Program

At the request of the Partner Advisory Board, the CMMI Institute Partner Services and Quality teams have agreed to raise the total number of SCAMPI A appraisals permitted per Lead Appraiser to 16 for 2017. This pilot period will allow us to study and understand any impact on quality due to the higher total number of appraisals allowed.

To participate in this pilot, a Lead Appraiser will simply register additional appraisals as normal. CMMI Institute Quality Analysts will permit the additional appraisals to be set up and submitted for review.

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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