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Using Six Sigma to Implement CMMI High Maturity Practices

by Dave Zubrow
Intermediate level

Summary: This tutorial provides an overview “flavors” of Six Sigma, DMAIC and DMADV, and demonstrates how they map to CMMI high maturity practices.  Practical illustrations of a variety of analytical techniques as they can be used to implement high maturity project and process management as well as engineering and support practices will be discussed.  The techniques are statistical (e.g., regression analysis) and probabilistic (e.g., Monte Carlo simulation) in nature.

Abstract: This tutorial demonstrates how Six Sigma approaches, such as Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC) and Define-Measure-Analyze-Design-Verify (DMADV), can be used to implement CMMI high maturity practices.  DMAIC is primarily a tactical approach to process improvement while DMADV addresses design and optimization of products or processes.  Both of these approaches can be used to effectively implement practices contained in the process areas staged at maturity levels 4 and 5 within the CMMI framework. 

In particular, the process areas Organization Process Performance, Quantitative Project Management, Causal Analysis and Resolution, and Organization Innovation and Deployment demand the use of quantitative data, methods and models.  This tutorial provides practical illustrations of a variety of analytical techniques as they can be used to implement high maturity practices.  The techniques covered are statistical (e.g., regression analysis) and probabilistic (e.g., Monte Carlo simulation) in nature.  Participants will hopefully learn how to and be inspired to take a high maturity, data driven approach to project and process management.

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Dave ZubrowPresenter Bio: Dave Zubrow is Team Leader for the Software Engineering Measurement and Analysis (SEMA) group within the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).  His areas of expertise include establishing measurement infrastructures, data analysis, data management, and empirical research methods.  During his 15 years at the SEI he has assisted numerous organizations with software measurement and process improvement.  Dave serves is a member of the Editorial Boards for Empirical Software Engineering, the Software Quality Professional, the Journal of Systems and Software, and Crosstalk and is a senior member of the American Society for Quality and member of the IEEE Computer Society.