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FAQ 4- We understand Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) is one of the most common business process improvement methodology within the IT industry. Are there any limitations of CMMI you could highlight?
CMMI has many advantages when it comes to implementing the methodology to an organization, whether in the organization’s entirety or in departments. However, there are some limitations worth noting before incorporating this methodology.
CMMI is not exactly designed to suit every organization. There are times when using CMMI will not enhance existing performances, due to the strict documentation requirements that are necessary to implement this methodology. This is unachievable for many companies, especially of smaller size.
In addition, CMMI requires a detailed process that lists all the stages. It is better for bigger businesses to use CMMI than smaller ones since, smaller businesses often do not have the adequate resources or data to fulfill the requirements of CMMI methodology.
CMMI methodology demands a large amount of effort and time to put the changes into action. It also requires a significant shift in the mindset and philosophy of the organization, which can be quite stressful and overwhelming if the introduction of the ideas of CMMI is not successful.
Moreover, a business’s work culture can change drastically by implementing strict administration of CMMI. This can lower the feeling of independence and creativity amongst employees or developers.
Further, the models used in CMMI are not processes in their own right and do not offer the expected descriptions. Organizations have a right to choose the processes depending on the factors that are important to the business and it can be difficult for organizations to choose the best method. Despite being easy to understand, the various techniques used by CMMI can actually be difficult to implement.
Yet another reason CMMI can be limiting to a company is because, it draws the focus of the organization to reaching each level as a ‘goal’. Therefore, each minor goal is constantly being pursued and efforts get drawn away from the bigger picture i.e. business process improvement itself.
Moreover, using CMMI does not mean that success will definitely be achieved, since each organization needs to adapt the various stages in order to fulfill their own unique needs.
I shall discuss more FAQs concerning effective & efficient business process improvement in upcoming parts of this blog post series. If you have any such questions about business process design or continuous improvement, please feel free to drop it in the comment section below.
By the way, if you run a company that is facing a challenge to thrive in these difficult times, I would suggest that you please revisit your business processes in order to accelerate growth and bring a quick turnaround.
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