BT

InfoQ Homepage News Scrum Project Management Practices Support the CMMI

Scrum Project Management Practices Support the CMMI

This item in japanese

Lire ce contenu en français

This item in chinese

Bookmarks

In the article can scrum help to improve a project management process, Javier Garzás and Mark C. Paulk explore how Scrum and the project management process areas of the Capability Maturity Model Integration for Development (CMMI-DEV) are related:

Scrum, originally described by Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber, has emerged as one of the most popular agile methods. Scrum could be described as a project management methodology, or an iterative and incremental development framework.

Capability Maturity Model Integration for Development (CMMI-DEV) is currently the de-facto framework for process improvement and for determining the organizational maturity of software development companies, and many organizations have gained greater levels of productivity and product quality from achieving “levels” of CMMI-DEV.

They provide a table which summarizes the relationship between CMMI and Scrum, and address the individual process areas. According to Javier and Mark, some of the CMMI process areas can be satisfied by deploying Scrum practices:

Scrum addresses

  • “Requirements Management” through its use of user stories in the Product Backlog and Sprint Backlog
  • “Project Planning” through its use of story points to estimate, the iterative / incremental life-cycle, ceremonies such as the various meetings, and Product and Sprint Backlogs.
  • “Project Monitoring and Control through its use of Burndown Charts and meetings.
  • part of “Integrated Project Management” through its use of roles and meetings.

But there are also several CMMI process areas which Scrum does not address:

Although Scrum is a software project management framework, it does not cover the process areas “Supplier Agreement Management” or “Risk Management”, which are typically out of the scope of agile practices.“Supplier Agreement Management” applies only to organizations that do subcontracting. “Quantitative Project Management” which applies statistical thinking to develop a quantitative understanding of the expected performance of processes, is also not covered.

They conclude their article by stating how Scrum can support CMMI based process improvement:

Scrum practices should be considered best practices for project management, by the majority of organizations. Scrum can be an excellent support to project management practices of CMMI-DEV, even if Scrum practices do not completely address all of them

Some additional resources on combining CMMI with Agile and Scrum are available:

  • The CMMI Institute has a list of publications that can help you to combine CMMI and Agile, and also a list for combining CMMI and Scrum
  • There is a LinkedIn group Agile CMMI, where knowledge is shared about CMMI and Agile

Rate this Article

Adoption
Style

Hello stranger!

You need to Register an InfoQ account or or login to post comments. But there's so much more behind being registered.

Get the most out of the InfoQ experience.

Allowed html: a,b,br,blockquote,i,li,pre,u,ul,p

Community comments

  • Software Process and CMMI Consulting

    by Ankit jain /

    Your message is awaiting moderation. Thank you for participating in the discussion.

    Wonderful blog post. It’s really helpful for me, awaiting for more new post.

  • Software Process and CMMI Consulting

    by Ankit jain /

    Your message is awaiting moderation. Thank you for participating in the discussion.

    Wonderful blog post. It’s really helpful for me, awaiting for more new post.

  • Software Process and CMMI Consulting

    by Ankit jain /

    Your message is awaiting moderation. Thank you for participating in the discussion.

    Wonderful blog post. It’s really helpful for me, awaiting for more new post.

  • Software Process and CMMI Consulting

    by Ankit jain /

    Your message is awaiting moderation. Thank you for participating in the discussion.

    Wonderful blog post. It’s really helpful for me, awaiting for more new post.

  • Software Process and CMMI Consulting

    by Ankit jain /

    Your message is awaiting moderation. Thank you for participating in the discussion.

    Wonderful blog post. It’s really helpful for me, awaiting for more new post.

  • Software Process and CMMI Consulting

    by Ankit jain /

    Your message is awaiting moderation. Thank you for participating in the discussion.

    Wonderful blog post. It’s really helpful for me, awaiting for more new post.

Allowed html: a,b,br,blockquote,i,li,pre,u,ul,p

Allowed html: a,b,br,blockquote,i,li,pre,u,ul,p

BT

Is your profile up-to-date? Please take a moment to review and update.

Note: If updating/changing your email, a validation request will be sent

Company name:
Company role:
Company size:
Country/Zone:
State/Province/Region:
You will be sent an email to validate the new email address. This pop-up will close itself in a few moments.