The problem may be a failure of imagination.
Successful implementation of CMMI is not about having a Work Breakdown Structure or an established organization policy. After all, a WBS is really a list of things that need to be done in the order they need to be done.
A policy is not a binder on the shelf organized by process areas. The problem is that a lot of people don’t even know the policies exists.
If you are in an agile shop doing things in an incremental, iterative way, why not use a product backlog, a sprint backlog and user stories. That’s content that equals a work breakdown structure. Take what you are already doing and use the guidance of the CMMI practices to make what you do better.
Interpret the CMMI to fit into your context. Do things in an imaginative way, not just what it says in the book.
Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified CMMI Instructor, author, and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff has taught thousands of students in CMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.