Real Process Improvement Using the CMMI(R) presents readers with non-academic, real-world approaches to process improvement via CMMI. The author provides concepts and techniques for CMMI-based process improvement which are as effective as they are innovative. Professionals at all levels from system engineers to CEOs will find a wealth of practical guidance and new ways to look at model-based process improvement that have already benefited large and small organizations in a variety of environments. Using plain language and enlightening illustrations, the author identifies the most critical concepts of the CMMI, and explains how to turn those concepts into real process improvement. This book provides you with key information that will significantly benefit all CMMI process improvement efforts. Topics include:Ways to discover and understand the business goals and drivers for successful process improvement initiativesHow to recognize the structures and practices many organizations already have in place that can accelerate process improvement, even before they begin using the CMMIPlanning and managing the process improvement projectInnovative, untraditional yet highly effective and proven strategies for CMMI-based process improvementA thorough debunking of many of the costly and wasteful myths surrounding CMMI-based improvement Michael West does a great service for many potential CMM or CMMI adopters by explaining the differences between pro forma and in-depth organizational process improvement. He shows the difference between attacking symptoms and addressing root causes. He debunks various myths about CMMs and provides case studies from experience showing that the myths are dangerous to believeIf you're contemplating any sort of process improvement effort, this book can help you a great deal in defining and getting the results you'd like to achieve. Dr. Barry Boehm Director, "USC Center for Software Engineering"