Customer Needs to Derived Requirements

Requirements are the basis for design. Requirements management processes manage all requirements received or generated by the project, including both technical and nontechnical requirements as well as requirements levied on the project by the organization. In CMMI Requirements Management (REQM) Process Area provides traceability of requirements from customer requirements to product requirements to product component […]

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Evolutionary Path of Process Areas in CMMI

In CMMI, have you noticed the evolutionary path for Process Areas? Infact CMMI Maturity Levels are defined as evolutionary stages of process improvement. An evolutionary process is a process whose stages consist of expanding increments of the defined process. Watts Humphrey’s Capability Maturity Model (CMM) was published in 1988. According to him organizations mature their […]

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Configuration Baseline and Performance Baseline

“Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen.” –  Edward Berard Baseline means ‘A Line which is the Base’. The word baseline may refer to surveying, typography, budgeting, pharmacology, Configuration Management, calculations etc. In an IT industry, baseline mainly implies A Configuration Baseline – A configuration of software, […]

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Are requirements and acceptance criteria the same?

Have you ever wondered about the difference between Acceptance criteria and Requirements? Have you ever thought why they need to be documented separately? Requirements and acceptance criteria seem to be the same, but it’s not correct. Requirements are at a higher level while acceptance criteria at a lower level, more towards the delivery point. Requirements […]

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CMMI NextGen

CMMI Version 1.3 was released on November 1, 2010. All the three constellations of CMMI – SVC, ACQ and Dev, got released in the same period, considering the similarities across them. How good it would be, if all the three constellations were combined into a single model..? Definitely it would have eased the process of […]

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Second Generation of Process Consultancy

It is time for a change, a renovation in process consultancy. For the last 40 or 50 years, the same steps are being followed; the same thought process is being applied with little or no change. In between, industry specific new standards/models got evolved and practiced. Other than that no major change happened in the […]

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Quantitative management of CAR

Causal Analysis and Resolution (CAR) helps to identify and rectify the root cause of a defect or problem. It can be applied to any process area. Analysis can be qualitative, limited to a fish bone diagram or so. And at the same time it can be more advanced involving quantitative data. The steps below show […]

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Advanced Audit Procedures

Auditing is sampling. The choice of right sample is crucial for the success of a good audit. Scope of audit also needs to be well defined before starting the audit. Normally evidences of non-conformances are collected through document review, observation, interviews etc. In addition there are certain advanced procedures to conduct an audit. Physical Auditing              […]

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Which Improvement Model should be selected?

Nowadays there are many process improvement techniques and tools around us. It is a different thing whether we use them in the right way or not. Some commonly used models in these days are CMMI, ISO 27001, ISO 9001, ITIL, 6 Sigma etc. When the number of process improvement models and techniques are increasing, the […]

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Horizontal traceability

Horizontal traceability shows relationship among related items such as between requirements itself. It traces dependent items within a development phase. Vertical traceability is a characteristic identifying the source of requirements typically from requirements to design, to the source code and to test cases. Horizontal traceability is an aspect identifying nonhierarchical similarities, mutual properties, interactions, etc. […]

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