What Does a Great Product Development Group Look Like?

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Introduction Since 1989 we have been traveling the globe looking at great, and sometimes challenged, organizations. From an engineering and management perspective, here are some common “great” things we see. As you read them, contrast with your organization and determine where you would like your group to be.   Deadlines, budget and project status Goals …continue reading >

Selecting an Appropriate Level of Product Requirements Definition — My Teams Say, “We Don’t Need Requirements, Just Your Money!”

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Introduction For 20 million years (approximately), one of the age-old discussions in product, IT and software development is whether a team needs clear requirements to build a great product. Occasionally, engineering team members can persuade you (the leader) that requirements are no longer necessary in today’s world (aka “Agile,” “Lean,” “Concurrent,” “Value-driven,” “XYZ-style.”) However, let …continue reading >

Improving Product/System/IT Development with CMMI® for Development* – Quick Look

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The CMMI-DEV model is a collection of practices aimed at organizations that develop products, systems and IT solutions. The model is organized into five levels, each level defining more advanced practices to improve schedule, budget, risk and quality performance. The levels provide a road map for sustained incremental improvement. Example development organizations that use CMMI-DEV …continue reading >