ISiM and Sumantrana Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd. presents
Course on Introduction to the

Capability Maturity Model (CMM)

October 13-14, 2008

Capability Maturity Model has become a globally accepted framework for software process improvements for almost all the Fortune 500 organisations looking for improving software development activities. ISIM and Sumantrana Advisory,  collaborate to present this program . This program is based on deep experiential insights gained by the speaker over last 15 years of  being a change agent in the process improvements in leading software firms, advising IT firms of multiple domains in multicultural environments. This program is exclusively designed to leverage this expertise to provide apt and pragmatic interpretation of the generic model to industry’s needs. We would encourage you, the participant to take full advantage of this program by participating in the discussions, challenging the assumptions, bringing in the acute operational challenges and collaboratively exploring the possible avenues of reddressal with the help of Software CMM.


SEI and the CMMI


The Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, USA (SEI) Capability Maturity Model provides a framework for organizations to define, measure and maintain software development processes. The model has been strongly influencing the software development community around the world. Mr. Watts Humphrey and his team at SEI developed the model based on concepts of Quality Improvement and Process Maturity outlined by Dr. Deming, Dr. Juran and Phillip Crosby.


About the Course


The Introduction to CMMI® workshop is centred on the Capability Maturity Model (CMM®). The model is intended to provide guidance for improving your organization's processes and your ability to manage the development, acquisition, and maintenance of software products and services. CMMI places proven practices into a structure that helps to assess the organisation maturity, process area capability, establish priorities for improvement, and guide the implementation of CMMI.


Objectives of the Course


The objective of this course is to systematically introduce the participants to understand the concepts, principles and practices in improving Software Development Processes. The course would encourage the participants to discuss on the practical aspects of the organizational challenges in embarking and sustaining such process improvement initiatives and the mechanisms to address those challenges. The course will help participants to: -


§         Understand the importance of having defined processes within an engineering organization and the rationale for process improvement.


§          Comprehend the architecture of the CMMI model (capability levels, process areas, goals, and generic practices).


§          Gain a sufficient understanding of PA components to function as a CMMI-based Appraisal team member.


§          Apply the CMMI principles to meet the needs of systems engineering and software engineering organizations.


§          Generic Approach to Process Improvements


§          Brief on the formal assessment cycle

This two-day course describes a framework that organizations can use to determine their ability to develop and maintain systems; it is a model for organizational internal process improvement. The course is composed of lectures and class exercises with ample opportunity for participant questions and discussions.

Introduction to CMMI® helps prepare participants to make valid judgements regarding an organization's implementation of the key process areas.

Topics covered in this course include:



§          Introduction - about the process program


§          Software process maturity -CMMI principles


§          CMMI overview


§          Value of the CMMI- case studies of software process improvement


§          Levels and process areas of the CMMI


§          Common themes in the CMMI


§          Linking the PAs together


§          Interpreting the CMMI


§          Future directions of the CMMI


§          Overview of the Assessment basing on CMMI


One hour of reading homework will be assigned for the first evening of the course.


Workshop Schedule


October 13, 2008 - Monday



10:00 to 11:30

Session 1

11:30 to 12:00

Coffee Break

12:00 to 1:30

Session 2

1:30 to 2:30


2:30 to 4:00

Session 3

4:00 to 4:30

Coffee Break

4:30 to 5:30

Session 4



October 14, 2008 - Tuesday



9:00 to 10:30

Session 1

10:30 to 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 to 12:30

Session 2

12:30 to 1:30

Lunch Break

1:30 to 3:00

Session 3

3:00 to 3:30

Coffee Break

3:30 to 4:30

Session 4




Course Materials


As part of the course, participants will receive:


§          SEI Technical Report on CMMI v1.1


§          A course notebook


Who Should Attend?


§          Senior Management of companies contemplating implementing a CMM-based assessment method

§          Systems and Software Engineering Process Group (SEPG/EPG) members who are leading process improvement

§          Systems and software engineering managers and practitioners interested in understanding the Capability Maturity Model Integration

§          Project Managers, Project leaders and Quality Personnel

§          Assessment teams who are going to be using the CMM-based assessment method in the future

§          Software Quality Consultants and Assessing Bodies


Completing the Course gets you



§          A thorough understanding of how CMM applies to your organisation.

§          Pragmatic and results driven approach to process improvement initiatives in general and CMM deployment in particular

§          A certificate of participation from ISIM and Sumantrana Advisory Services Pvt Ltd.



Srinivas Thummalapalli is an SEI authorized Lead Instructor and Appraiser official appraisals basing on CMMI, PCMM models. He is trained at Harvard Business School on leading the Professional Services Firms and at Indian School of Business on Advanced management concepts.

He has established and provided Thought Leadership to Software Process Improvement consulting practice at KPMG. He is an accomplished consulting professional with 20 years of experience in advising global IT firms on their corporate transformation initiatives. He formerly lead the Management Advisory Services practice in TUV Rheinland Group.

Currently he leads Sumantrana Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore