Love and Marriage:
Why CMMI and Agile Need Each Other
CMMI unintentionally left out some of the basic elements critical to long-term process success that Agile values and practices supply. Agile approaches stop short of delivering a robust infrastructure of organizational-wide, broadly inculcated continuous improvement and optimization. Together, however, Agile and CMMI complete each others’ capabilities and can lead to fast, affordable, visible, and long-term benefits. Hear this ground-breaking keynote from an SEI expert leading the industry towards better products and more satisfied customers leveraging the power of both CMMI and Agile.
Hillel’s been working in process improvement since his first job out of college. He is one of the few CMMI High Maturity Lead Appraisers and CMMI Instructors working with agile teams, and he’s an SEI Visiting Scientist expanding the use of CMMI for Services and working to align CMMI for Development v1.3 with agile methods. Hillel is the lead author on the SEI’s first-ever official publication addressing agile development. His diverse experience base including aerospace/defense and systems engineering, large and small consulting practices, Federal agencies, dot-com operations and financial systems support is probably what gave him the necessary perspective to pioneer how to bring CMMI and Agile together as far back as his 2001 CrossTalk article highlighting the compatibilities of (then) CMM and XP. He has a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace and a Masters in Technology Management and lives in Baltimore with his fabulous wife and four amazing children.