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The CMMI Institute just released an updated schedule.

March 2018 – release of CMMI for Development (only, including SAM and Agile context info)

Additional model content will be released in subsequent phases in 2018 and beyond.

Jan 2019 – will start accepting V2.0 appraisals. CMMI-DEV V1.3 appraisals will sunset in March 2020


I've been working on the Plain Language Group supporting development of CMMI V2.0, which should be released early in 2018. I will also be creating my "Quick Reference for CMMI Practices" which I plan to have ready for the Capability Counts Conference May 1-2 in Reston, VA.


The Lead Appraiser Workshop gave us a lot more insight into the details of the new CMMI V2.0 and the related training and appraisal methods. There is much more flexibility in how the model can be applied, taking into account the requirements and constraints of particular organizations. Overall I am very pleased with the direction this evolution is taking.


I just attended the annual Capability Counts Conference which attracted 350 executives and process professionals from all over the world. Among the many presentations were several exploring the commonality and cooperation possible between AGILE, ISO and CMMI.


In addition to staying busy providing model training and leading appraisals I've been working with the Plain Language and Training working groups helping to develop CMMI V2.0. The new model will be released by the end of 2017.


MDM and QMaaS have formed a partnership to offer our clients the best of both worlds, CMMI® (Capability Maturity Model Integration) and ISO® (International Organization for Standardization). Dr. Richard Waina, founder of MDM, is a highly experienced CMMI Lead Appraiser, Instructor and consultant. Mr. Tim Gollner. President of QMaaS, is a certified ISO auditor with broad experience in successful quality management system implementations. Together we can provide a client with “one stop shopping” for CMMI process improvement/appraisal and ISO certification services. For more information go to or


In the last four months I've done two appraisals in Shanghai and three CMMI Introduction classes and four appraisals in the US. I have one more appraisal and one class to do this year, and then a well-deserved break before things crank up in January.


I recently attended the 2016 Global City Teams Challenge Expo in Austin. Fifteen cities such as Austin, Chattanooga, Phoenix, etc. are part of an initiative designed to advance the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within a smart city / smart community environment. Over 1000 people attended, with more than 100 exhibitors from all over the world showcasing their accomplishments and technologies.


Here are three suggestions related to security advice about being careful what you share with the world:

1. Have at least three email addresses: use one email for family and friends, one email for ongoing business relationships like banks, investment accounts, etc. and a third email account for making random purchases like tires or clothes or stores you don't use regularly. Don't have your real name or real information associated with any email account.

2. Give the very minimum information necessary to finish a transaction. If they aren't going to call you then don't need your real number. If they aren't sending anything to your address they don't need your address. If you don't care if they email you they don't even get your real email address. When you set up accounts always ask “do they need this information for me to do whatever I need to do with this account?”

3. On social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) don’t say where you are or when you’ll be gone from home. Read the social media site’s fine print. Keep your full name and address to yourself....


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