Agile's values and practices ensure critical, long-term process success, making it an ideal partner of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) framework, which delivers a robust infrastructure of organization-wide, broadly inculcated continuous improvement and optimization. Together, Agile and CMMI complete each others' capabilities and can lead to fast, affordable, visible, and long-term benefits. Building on the SEI technical report CMMI or Agile: Why Not Embrace Both!, Hillel Glazer clarifies why the discord need not exist and proposes that CMMI and Agile champions work toward deriving benefit from both to exploit the synergies that have the potential to dramatically improve business performance.
About Hillel Glazer
Hillel's been working in process improvement since his first job out of college. He is one of the few CMMI High Maturity Lead Appraisers and CMMI Instructors working with agile teams, and he's an SEI Visiting Scientist. Hillel is the lead author on the SEI's first-ever official publication addressing agile development and is now helping the SEI include agile content in v1.3. His diverse experience base including aerospace/defense and systems engineering, large and small consulting practices, Federal agencies, dot-com operations and financial systems support is probably what gave him the necessary perspective to pioneer how to bring CMMI and Agile together as far back as 2001. He lives in Baltimore with his fabulous wife and four amazing children.