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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 2 edition (23 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321186133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321186133
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 2.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,273,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Capability Maturity Model IntegrationSM (CMMI) has rapidly become a preferred means of improving organizational processes in industry and government. Building on a decade of work with process improvement models, including the Capability Maturity Model® (CMM®) for Software and the Systems Engineering Capability Model, a team of over two hundred engineering and process improvement experts worked for three years to create this broader, more agile instrument for guiding, integrating, and appraising improvement activities. CMMI provides a single, integrated framework for improving processes throughout an organization, enhancing the quality and efficiency of the organization as a whole.

The CMMI Product Suite is rich in detail and guidance, but correspondingly large and somewhat complex. The sheer volume of information it presents can seem overwhelming. CMMI Distilled reduced that complexity with a fresh and approachable introduction to the key elements of CMMI and integrated process improvement.

This new edition of CMMI Distilled, updated for CMMI version 1.1, includes more material in layman's language to meet a wider variety of reader's needs, but has not lost any of the technical content that made the first edition so successful. Written for those new to model-based process improvement, it also offers insights that can help even battle-scarred process improvement veterans and experienced systems, software and quality engineers perform better. CMMI® Distilled, Second Edition is especially appropriate for executives and managers who need to understand why process improvement is valuable, why CMMI is a tool of choice, and how to maximize the return on their efforts and investments.

The three authors have been involved with CMMI since its inception, and they bring a wealth of their own experience and knowledge to this book. They highlight the pitfalls and short cuts that are all too often learned by costly experience. Above all, they provide a context for understanding why CMMI is the fastest growing process improvement framework in the world.


About the Author

Dennis M. Ahern is an advisory engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation. Previously, he taught at Yale University and the University of Maryland. He was the deputy project manager of the CMMI Product Development Team and a co-leader of the CMMI Editor Team. He is also an author of CMMI.

Aaron Clouse is an engineering fellow at Raytheon Company. He was a member of the CMMI Editor Team and is an author of CMMI.

Richard Turner, a research professor in engineering management and systems engineering at the George Washington University, approaches balanced software development and acquisition with broad industry and government experience and a skeptical attitude toward best practices. In support of the U.S. Department of Defense, he is responsible for identifying and transitioning new software technology into the development and acquisition of complex, software-intensive defense systems. Dr. Turner was on the original author team for Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) and is coauthor off CMMI Distilled, Second Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2004).

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Stutchbury on 28 Sep 2006
Format: Paperback
I've been consulting in process improvement for 12 years. I've worked with dozens of organisations that follow the principles of the CMM.

After reading the book once I was stumped. So I read it again and I was even more confused. The book talks a lot about the history of CMMI - the founding CMM from engineering, software development etc. but doesn't tell you anything about them specifically - what makes them different.

More importantly, it didn't discuss CMMI in any detail or how to go about using it in any practical situation.

I for one was very disappointed in the book and felt compelled to write a review about it - the first time I've done so after buying and reading 50+ books based on reader recommendations.

In short, the book is poorly organised, provides a brief history of CMM/CMMI but doesn't provide any details or practical examples of how to use it, when to use it or where to use it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. P. Stanford on 26 Mar 2009
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I bought this book in order to learn about a methodology that is going to be implemented in my workplace. The book didn't help in the slightest. It covers a load of history of CMMI, how it evolved, and then turned into a dictionary of acronyms that imparted no wisdom or useful information whatsoever.

It was clearly written to be easy to write, not to be easy to read.

I would recommend Cmmi: Guidelines for Process Integration and Product Improvement (Sei Series in Software Engineering) instead. It contains information and guidance.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Graça on 23 Mar 2010
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The way things are explained are very clear and objctive gaving a clear idea of the subject.
Also the scope and organization of the information is almost perfect.
Great book for people that need to be introduced to the matter.
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Oct 2003
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Clear, concise, readable and informative. An excellent book.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
GREAT overview-awful editing & proofreading 31 July 2001
By Robert - Published on
Format: Paperback
As previous reviewers have commented, this is a very good overview of the CMMI. The authors work in the industry, and have done an admirable job presenting the nuts-and-bolts of this enormous topic in a straightforward fashion. But if you intend to use it as a tool, like you would Paulk's book on the SW-CMM (SM), DON'T BUY IT YET. The editing in Appendix B renders this book useless to me (I need it as a tool). When I compare the constituents of the Process Areas in Appendix B to the CMMI (CMU/SEI-2000-TR-018), there is erroneous duplication. E.g., "Commitment" in PMC reads exactly like "Commitment" in Requirements Management PA (it shouldn't !). Ditto for Co in SAM, Co in MA, and the subsequent Maturity Level 2 Process Area commitments. The same erroneous cut-and-paste was made for the Abilities, DI, etc. The Level 3 PAs have the similar problem, erroneous cut-and-pastes from the RD template. I cannot use this book as I'd intended because of these errors, so I have to lug around the large heavy SEI tech reports instead.
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Great book, clear and concise 11 July 2001
By Dennis W. Johnson - Published on
Format: Paperback
The CMMI project is an exciting one that will pay enormous dividends once fully implemented in 2003. This book has been especially helpful in giving a clear, fresh understanding of the CMMI Project, its goals, architecture, and models.
Especially valuable are the new sets of tools developed by the CMMI project along with the sections on how to use those tools to the best advantage. Here is where the book really shines: sound, clear advice based on the experience of organizations and software engineering professionals, passed on to the reader in readable language.
The authors distill all this into a manageable 335 pages, filled with pithy examples, engineering humor, even poetry. Most importantly, it is as jargon-free as a book of its nature can be, written in clear, direct prose that will be appreciated by those who are trying to wrap their hands around the evolving CMMI enterprise.
Highly recommended. The kind of book even your boss can read and understand.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A summary of CMMI, not a practical introduction 26 Aug 2004
By M. Ectors - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought the book thinking it would be a practical introduction on how to apply CMMI to your company hence I was very disappointed to find out the authors have limited themselves only to summarize the CMMI models. Few real explication is given about concepts within the CMMI models, neither any real life experience is shared that could help you implement CMMI.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Read it with a manager's mindset 19 May 2006
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on
Format: Paperback
CMMI is an acronym for Capability Maturity Model Integration, and is almost totally an area of management. Therefore, if you read this book with a mindset that is anything other than that of a manager, it will bore you and you may question the practicality of CMMI. When I say this, I am thinking of software developers, who will most likely consider some of what they read to be impediments to the true ways in which software is created.

As a set of objectives designed to improve quality, the basic tenets and activities mandated by the CMMI model are applicable to many other areas of business and organizations. This book is written for people unfamiliar with model-based processes and is non-technical, so very little is needed in the way of background knowledge. It is very appropriate for the manager who is considering adopting a CMMI model. Not only does it provide the essential background information, but also explains how to begin and execute the implementation of CMMI.

Like all other processes designed to improve quality, the most essential precondition is the desire to improve. No book can provide that ingredient. However, this one provides the essential knowledge about CMMI and I strongly recommend that all managers read it carefully. Even if your decision is to not implement CMMI, the knowledge that you will obtain will force you to rethink your current strategies and no doubt improve them.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Second Edition better than First Edition 5 Nov 2003
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I first read version one last year and after SEI intro class I have been giving several copies to team members at work.
This second edition bring the book upto level with 1.1. Guess I'll have give away my first edition.
This by far the best book for both someone just looking for an overview on CMMI. I use the book every day on the job and have found no better book to explain the CMM process to project managers.
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