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Carnegie Mellon SEI Strengthens Six Sigma and CMMI Portfolio

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Pittsburgh, PA, August 1, 2008 – The Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) today announced plans to launch a new Capability Maturity Model® Integration (CMMI) and Six Sigma course in December 2008 titled CMMI and Six Sigma: Strategies for Implementation. This latest course will join five existing courses already offered that provide guidance to organizations implementing these two improvement approaches.


Research has shown by combining CMMI and Six Sigma, CMMI adopters achieve quantifiably positive results. Reports of returns on investment of 3:1 or higher, reduced security risks and better cost containment are achieved when Six Sigma is used in an enabling, accelerating, or integrating capacity for improvement technologies. While Six Sigma's business focus helps mitigate risks and pitfalls for organizations pursuing performance improvement, CMMI's process infrastructure offers a foundation for implementing Six Sigma efforts. Together, the two provide a strong foundation of performance-driven measurement to organizations looking for a competitive advantage.


Six Sigma Master Black Belts and Black Belts provide leadership within an organization that broadens and accelerates improvement across the enterprise. They apply the most appropriate techniques and processes to create an improvement which sustains its gains. Coupled with CMMI, Six Sigma provides practitioners’ organizations with efficiency of improvement efforts due to initiative synergy, accelerated achievement of organizational maturity, and cost savings. To further this synergy, the SEI is also in the final phases of development of a CMMI and Six Sigma Certification program which builds on the strengths of both CMMI and Six Sigma. Additional information about this program will be released in the fall of 2008.


CMMI and Six Sigma: Strategies for Implementation is being designed to provide an understanding for and practical examples of the synergistic relationship between Six Sigma and CMMI. It provides software and systems engineering professionals with strategies for their successful and efficient deployment.


"To meet today's business challenges, organizations often introduce multiple models – like CMMI and Six Sigma – to improve their performance," said Jeannine Siviy, co-author of CMMI and Six Sigma: Partners in Process Improvement and creator of the course. "Many organizations feel that they need to choose one model or standard over the other. This is not true. CMMI is synergistic to other best practices and methods including Six Sigma."


The SEI combined approach should appeal to those charged with implementing process improvement because it enables organizations to appropriately leverage both enterprise and domain-specific initiatives. "It will also appeal to senior management because it is efficient, effective, and focused on the bottom line. It's a win-win proposition," Siviy said.


CMMI and Six Sigma: Strategies for Implementation is a blend of lecture and exercises through which students identify joint implementation strategies for their own organizations. As a result, they will affirm decisions to adopt these improvement technologies and implement them in a harmonized manner rather than a competitive way.


The course will initially be delivered by the SEI as part of its public course offerings. It can also be tailored as a client-centric workshop presented at the customer site, which includes a special introduction and concluding session with organization senior management.


For more information about CMMI and Six Sigma portfolio offerings, contact SEI Customer Relations at customer-relations@sei.cmu.edu


About the CMMI Product Suite
The CMMI® Product Suite was developed by teams of government, industry and SEI experts. It is a collection of best practices, an appraisal approach, and training that enables organizations to improve their processes. The CMMI Product Suite is widely recognized as the de facto standard for guiding process improvement across a division or an entire organization. The CMMI Product Suite consists of three constellations: the well-established CMMI for Development (CMMI-DEV), CMMI for Acquisition, and CMMI for Services along with their accompanying appraisal method, the Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI). The full product suite helps to integrate traditionally separate organizational functions, sets process improvement goals and priorities, provides guidance for quality processes, and serves as a point of reference for appraising current processes.


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