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Pat O'Toole - CMMI Version 1.3

Date of Event: 
Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 5:30pm

Overview of Changes Introduced in CMMI-DEV v1.3
At lower levels of maturity, the extent of the changes introduced by CMMI-DEV v1.3 might best be described as “underwhelming” while the opposite might be said about those introduced at ML4 and ML5. This presentation will provide an overview of the pertinent updates and a discussion of what they might mean to you. Although the presentation will focus primarily on changes to the ML2 and ML3 process areas, a high level overview of the ML4 and ML5 changes will also be provided.

Maturity Level 4 Results in a LOT of BS
Most high maturity lead appraisers work with their appraisal teams to do a thorough job of verifying the implementation of the ML4 practices, methods, and tools. But the real ML4 smell test is this: “If you find no whiff of BS then it ain’t ML4!”

You’ve been told the SEI party line; now it’s time to get the rest of the story…


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Keller Hall (EE/CS Building)
Room Keller Hall 3- 115 (Look for signs)
EE/CS Building has been renamed Keller Hall
Minneapolis, MN

This Month's Meeting
Program Manager: 
Paul Kraska
Pat O'Toole – Principal Consultant – PACT
Two Presentations for the Price of None!, “Overview of Changes Introduced in CMMI-DEV V1.3” and “Maturity Level 4 Results in a LOT of BS”
PDF iconCMMI v13 Updates112.73 KB
PDF iconML4 Results in a LOT of BS163.37 KB
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

5:30-8:00 p.m. at The University of Minnesota
5:30 start for networking, 6:15 start of meeting.

Twin-SPIN Mission Statement:
The Twin-SPIN software process improvement network (SPIN) is a regional organization established in January of 1996 as a forum for the free and open exchange of software process improvement experiences and ideas. Representatives from industry, government, academia, other professional organizations, and consultants are welcome to participate. Our mission is to help sustain commitment and enhance skills in the area of software process improvement through an active program of networking and mutual support. The organization strives to serve as a source of educational and experiential information for its members, other SPIN organizations, and the general community of software professionals.

Meetings are normally held on the 1st Thursday of each month from 5:45-8:00 p.m. Twin-SPIN is a non-profit organization and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Software Engineering (UMSEC). See:


We have reserved parking at the Washington Avenue Ramp! If there is event parking, tell the parking attendant when you enter that you have a reservation with TwinSPIN. If there is no event parking, take a ticket and tell the parking attendant when you leave that you have a reservation with TwinSPIN.

Speaker Bio: 

As a Principal Consultant with PACT, Pat O’Toole is one of the most active SEI-certified SCAMPI high-maturity lead appraisers. He has published over 60 articles on process improvement – including his popular “Do’s and Don’ts” series as well as ATLAS (“Ask The Lead AppraiserS”) – an email based forum that explores model interpretation issues. Pat is an SEI Transition Partner for several CMMI courses, and is a member of the SEI author team for the “Intro to CMMI Services” course. Pat has already led ML3 SCAMPI A appraisals against both the CMMI-DEV v1.3 and CMMI-SVC v1.3 models.