Senior Managers Briefing in the CMMI®


Sponsorship is an essential factor for improving performance – understand the manager's crucial role & the actions needed to generate & sustain commitment


The aim of this Briefing is to equip senior managers and decision makers to understand and commit resources to such a programme. It assumes the Software Engineering Institute's CMMI® (Capability Maturity Model Integration® for Systems Engineering / Software Engineering / Integrated Product and Process Development / Supplier Sourcing) will be used as a guide for improvement.

The tutorial provides a summary of the latest version of the model, but it is relevant to any variant of the CMM® or CMMI®.

Course Topics

  • What can be achieved
    Some case studies
  • What makes improvement successful?
  • The Senior Management's Role
    A short facilitated brainstorm
  • The IDEAL Wheel and the culture of continuous improvement
  • Basic Concepts
    Structure and components of the CMM®
  • Institutionalisation
    How the Generic Practices (common features) help sustain improvement
  • Commitment to Perform
    Policy and Strategy
  • Ability to Perform
    Planning, Resourcing, Assigning Responsibility, Training, Coaching and Mentoring, Establishing an Infrastructure
  • Directing Implementation
    Product & Process Integrity, Involving Stakeholders, Monitoring & Control, Rewards & Recognition
  • Verifying Implementation
    Objective Evaluation, Status Review
  • Measuring Performance and Measurement Dysfunction
  • Quality Assurance
    Handling Non-compliance, Escalation
  • Making & Managing Commitments
    The Senior Manager's Role, Project Boards/Steering Committees
  • Integrated Product and Process Development
  • Adding people to the IDEAL Wheel - Three areas for action
  • How to avoid success
  • Discussion (optional)


The briefing concentrates on the role of the senior manager in ensuring that their organisation's programme successfully institutionalises a culture of continuous process improvement. You will find it useful whether your programme is focused only on the software process, or on the wider concerns of integrating practices and improvements across the end-to-end process stream of product engineering. The tutorial discusses some of the benefits that can be achieved, along with some of the Dos and Don'ts and the Lessons Learned by others.


In-house Courses £1000 GBP + VAT per in house half day session (up to 8 delegates)
Public Course £250 GBP + VAT per person (public seminar)

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Available as:
half day overview

Intended Audience:

Senior and departmental managers who wish to understand their role & responsibilities in achieving successful improvement



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