Supporting CMMI assessment using distributed, non-invasive measurement and process mining
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The reputation of lightweight software development processes such as Agile and Lean is damaged by practitioners that claim benefits of such processes that are not true. Teams that want to demonstrate their seriousness, could benefit from matching their processes to the CMMI model, a recognized model by the industry and the public administration. CMMI stands for Capability Maturity Model Integration and provides a reference model to improve and evaluate processes according to their maturity based on best practices. On the other hand, particulary in a lightweight software development process, the costs of a CMMI appraisal are hard to justify since its advantages are not directly related to the creation of value for the customer. This paper presents Jidoka4CMMI, a tool to – once a CMMI appraisal has been conducted – allow to document the assessment criteria in form of executable test cases. The test cases, and so the CMMI appraisal, can be repeated anytime, without additional costs. The use of Jidoka4CMMI increases the benefits of conducting a CMMI appraisal. We hope that this encourages practitioners using lightweight software development processes to assess their processes using a CMMI model. © 2013 by Knowledge Systems Institute Graduate School.