NEWS AT SEI
This article was originally published in News at SEI on: April 1, 2008
Organizations are increasingly looking for guidance on what it takes to reach high maturity and how to keep improving once they get there. As high-maturity organizations work to improve their use of measurement and analysis, they often look to examples of successful implementations for direction. In response to the need for clarification and guidance on implementing measurement and analysis in the context of high-maturity processes, members of the SEI’s Software Engineering Measurement and Analysis (SEMA) initiative organized a workshop at the 2008 SEPG North America conference to bring leaders in the field together at a forum focused specifically on this topic.
Organizations were invited to share information about two important aspects of their measurement and analysis practice: process performance baselining and modeling. Workshop participants were from organizations using process-performance models and baselines. Several representatives from Hill Air Logistics Center, Lockheed-Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon attended the two-day workshop. “This workshop provided us with a great opportunity to both learn from each other through the sharing of best practices and further build upon our network of fellow practitioners for future collaboration,” says Neal Mackertich, a participant from Raytheon.
The main goals of the workshop were to
Organizations gave 20-minute presentations summarizing their past experiences and future plans related to the following topics:
A sampling of the discussion in each topic is presented in the following section.
The organizations noted that they face challenges
Among the lessons learned, the organizations noted that
Participants discussed what they considered to be best practices and tips for successful implementation of performance models and baselines, including
Data quality and integrity problems that are encountered at lower maturity levels continue to threaten the potential value from PPMs and PPBs. Some examples include
Participating organizations plan to use the following modeling techniques in the next three to six months:
Workshop participants suggested the following topics of interest for future SEI state-of-the-measurement-practice studies:
The discussion during the workshop will be documented in greater detail in an SEI technical note.
The SEI plans to hold high maturity measurement workshops semi-annually to allow invited attendees to continue sharing their experiences and lessons learned in the adoption, development, and use of measurement and analysis in high maturity settings.
At the next workshop later this year, participants from the first workshop and other invited representatives from CMMI high maturity organizations will present their measurement and analysis procedures and initial results. SEI experts will offer additional guidance on high maturity topics and present pertinent results from the 2008 SEI State of the Measurement Practice survey.
Work products resulting from the next workshop will include
Subsequent workshops will be open to a larger group of CMMI high-maturity organizations. Organizations wishing to participle in future workshops must be willing to document and share their experiences with the use of measurement and analysis methods in relation to high-maturity practice. To ensure high-value workshops, the SEMA team will screen submissions prior to accepting an organization’s request to participate.
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