CMMI EMEA: Agile Risk Management



We really enjoyed the latest conference from UNICOM and the CMMI Institute. CMMI EMEA, the ALM conference and the DevOps Summit all combined to bring together a great group of speakers, exhibitors and attendees. The synergy between the topics kept the schedule interesting - and it made it easy to pick and choose which presentations to attend based on which topics were most relevant to an individual's needs and interests.

We met a lot of people at our booth in the exhibition hall (thanks for stopping by!), and we had a great turnout for Tom Cagley's presentation, Agile Risk Management, which was part of the CMMI track of the conference.

What was it all about? Tom's presentation discussed that fact that Agile techniques have not magically erased risk from software projects (we all wish!).

However, Agile is inherently less risky, assuming you actually implement and practice Agile techniques. Tom spoke about how to combine Agile and CMMI-based risk management techniques in order to increase the robustness of an Agile implementation and mitigate risk. Interested? Download it! That's right, we know not everyone could attend the conference, so we're offering up his presentation for download.

Download it Now!

This presentation is available to download here.

Contact Tom!

Questions or comments? Need more information? Contact Tom directly for guidance - or just to chat!

Phone: (440) 668-5717

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Visit Us at the CMMI Institute Conference EMEA


We're excited to announce that DCG-SMS will attend Unicom's co-located series of events on 26-27 March at the NOVOTEL London West.

The event includes the CMMI Institute Conference EMEA, as well as the DevOps Summit and the Application Lifestyle Management (ALM) conference. As a bonus of the co-location, attendees are free to attend any of the sessions across the three events, and the exhibition space will be open to all attendees.

We'll be exhibiting - so please stop by our booth and say hi! We'd be happy to tell you more about our mission at DCG-SMS, to improve our clients' bottom lines via quantifiable changes in their development - as well as how we can achieve this for your organisation!

Don't stop there! Attend a presenation by DCG's Tom Cagley, Vice President of Consulting, at the CMMI conference. On Friday, 27 March at 11:00 GMT, Tom will present on Agile risk management. He will discuss how to combine Agile and CMMI-based risk management techniques to increase the robustness of an Agile implementation without adding overhead and while mitigating risk.

Interested in more details about the conference? Everything you need is here.

More information about our CMMI solutions and services are available here.

Questions? Stop by our booth and ask them in person! If you can't make it, please send an email and I will reply as soon as possible.

Alan Cameron
DCG-SMS Managing Director

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10 Years of CMMI

Yes, you read that right! At this year’s SEPG conference's CMMI Partner Workshop, DCG was recognized for our 10-year partnership with the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and newly formed Clearmodel, home of the CMMI Institute!

CMMI Award 1

CMMI Award 2

Over the past 10 years, we have seen firsthand the value of the CMMI model. For example, we provided consulting support to help an American vehicle manufacturer to successfully earn a Level 3 maturity rating. We served as PPQA Auditor, Quality Assurance Manager and CMMI consultant to help one of the fastest-growing technology services companies in the federal space receive its Level 3 maturity rating. And, we provided support to help a leading consulting services firm to prepare for its SCAMPI A and subsequent CMMI maturity level rating. And those are just some of our CMMI clients!

Again and again we’ve seen the benefits our clients reap when they utilize CMMI. As such, we look forward to continuing our partnership and involvement with the CMMI framework.

Learn more about our consulting and appraisal services here.

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SEPG North America: Our Thoughts


Last week David Consulting Group attended the CMMI Institute’s SEPG North America as an exhibitor. Mike Harris, DCG President, and David Herron, Vice President of Software Performance Management, were both present. Below are their thoughts on this year’s conference. Spoiler alert: We’ll be back next year!

Mike Harris, President

I was delighted to see lots of new faces and new companies at the conference, both amongst the attendees and the speakers.  It’s great to see the conference moving forward under the stewardship of the CMMI Institute.

My biggest impression from the conference was the impact of Agile on the industry and on the CMMI Institute.  It was only a couple of years ago that we were seeing presentations about the compatibility of CMMI and Agile, with some debate over whether or not they could truly work in combination (we believed – and believe – that they can).  I felt that we finally put that issue behind us at this conference, which seemed to be full of presentations about successful Agile processes and Agile experiences in the context of CMMI.  

Specifically around the DCG table in the exhibit hall, we had a lot of interest in our Agile capabilities but a good number of visitors also picked up information about TMMi. Our suggestion that TMMi could be a very focused starting point for CMMi resonated with several people – particularly for organizations new to structured process improvement and worried that CMMI  would be too much to swallow (or sell to management) as a starting point.

Overall, it was great conference. I enjoyed interacting with the attendees and finding out what’s at the top of people’s minds these days – obviously Agile!

David Herron, VP of Software Performance Management

I really enjoyed the CMMI Institute’s conference this year.  From a vendor perspective, the flow of traffic in the exhibit area was excellent. There were many opportunities to speak with and to interact with conference attendees.

From a participant perspective, the wide range of presentation topics actually made it difficult to choose which presentation to attend, knowing that one good session would be sacrificed by attending another. Of course, this is a personal preference observation, but I was pleased to see a number of topics devoted to Agile, as well as numerous topics dealing with the practical application of metrics. Enterprise-wide Agile appeared to be among the more popular Agile topics. Scaling Agile methods to fit large development organizations using such practices as SAFe provided some worthwhile information.

The format for the presentations was interesting. The workshop sessions were each scheduled for 90 minutes and within each session there were usually three or four 20+ minute related talks presented by different individuals. Twenty minutes isn’t enough time to have an in-depth discussion on a particular topic, but it works well for introducing the material and if one is interested, there is always room for follow up with the presenter in between presentations. 

We all agreed that we will definitely be back next year. I am excited to see how the conference continues to grow and what topics will be at the forefront in a year’s time.

Mike Harris and David Herron
David Consulting Group


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SEPG 2013 – A Success!

As I admitted in my previous blog post, I was anxious to see how this year’s SEPG conference would turn out in its first year under the CMMI Institute. Well, I’m happy to report that the conference is now over, and it was definitely a success!

We had a booth at the conference, and we were pleased to see a lot of new faces this year (though we were happy to see familiar faces too)!


This year’s conference had great attendance and it was a good mix of seasoned and new attendees. The CMMI Institute clearly put a lot of work into making some improvements over the previous events, including the “lightening talks.” This presentation format of 20 slides with 5 seconds per slide challenged presenters to share their information at a faster pace, but also did a lot to make the presentations more informative and interesting. And, by holding the lightening talks in in the same location as the snacks during breaks, attendance was good as well!

As with any conference, is there room for improvement? Of course! But, I can confidently say that DCG will be back next year – and we hope to see you there!

Until then, if we met at the conference and you’d like to connect or you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment on this post and I will get back to you!

If you’re interested, our photos from the conference are up on our Facebook page!


Pat Eglin
Certified Intro to CMMI Instructor and Consultant

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"It's frustrating that there are so many failed software projects when I know from personal experience that it's possible to do so much better - and we can help." 
- Mike Harris, DCG Owner

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