Software Quality Management Training

While we do offer CMMI consulting services and a Quality Model Implementation solution, we also know that some organizations are interested in more short-term solutions to improving their software quality management or in educating their team on the importance of such an initiative.

If that sounds like you, then look no further than our training classes, all of which are designed to help you improve processes within your organization:

  • CMMI for Executive Staff - A two hour session to provide high-level Executives, Directors, and Project Sponsors with the key concepts of the CMMI framework and the role it can play within their organization.
  • CMMI Training - A three-day course to increase your understanding of the CMMI and how it can be deployed in your organization.
  • Engineering Process Group (EPG) Training - A two-day workshop to develop the skill required to manage a process improvement initiative within the organization.
  • PPQA Auditor Training - A four hour course to provide you with a working knowledge of the Process and Product Quality Assurance Audit procedure.
  • Process Development Workshop - A four hour course that teaches the technical writing skills needed for executing compliant, effective and efficient quality management processes.

If you interested in learning more, please contact us. We’re happy to answer any questions. All of our classes are customizable to meet the needs of your organization, so don’t be afraid to ask what we can do to help you with your specific goals!


Pat Eglin, Consultant


Pat Eglin
Certified Intro to CMMI Instructor and TMMi Consultant

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Tips for Implementing a Quality Model

PatA lot of companies consider implementing a quality model and run into a specific barrier that derails their entire initiative. This may come as a surprise, but that barrier is that the process of choosing the “right” quality model can be overwhelming!

As a CMMI and TMMi consultant, I understand how these companies feel, but I also know that with a few simple considerations, choosing the right quality model for your organization becomes much easier.

So, how do you choose a quality model that you’re confident in? I’ve written “Tips for Implementing a Quality Model” to address just that question. The article discusses how to identify the business objective driving your implementation, how to identify the key factors for success and then a few additional considerations that you’ll want to make.

Don’t let the seemingly overwhelming selection of a quality model prevent you from improving your organization’s quality management. Heed my advice – and feel free to leave your own in the comments – and your quality model implementation is sure to succeed!

Read it now: Tips for Implementing a Quality Model

Pat Eglin
Certified Intro to CMMI Instructor and TMMi Consultant

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DCG Leads American Vehicle Manufacturer to Successful CMMI Level 3 Appraisal

PatWhen one of the world leaders in the design, engineering and production of military and special purpose vehicles wanted to achieve a CMMI Maturity Level 3 assessment, it turned to David Consulting Group.

Read our case study to learn more about the on-site support and guidance provided by DCG, as well as the steps taken to achieve the Level 3 assessment. Learn more about DCG’s CMMI services here.

Read it now.

If you have any questions about CMMI or our services, leave a comment below!


Pat Eglin
Certified Intro to CMMI Instructor and Consultant

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SEPG North America 2013

SEPG North America

After an absence of more than one year, SEPG North America is back – and DCG will be there! The conference aims to foster the professional development of individuals and the competitive advantage of organizations utilizing the CMMI model.

Previously, the SEPG conference series was hosted by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). The SEI, in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon, served as the stewards of the CMMI model. In 2013, stewardship of the model transferred to the CMMI Institute.

When the news came a year ago that the conference would be postponed from March 2013 to October 2013, we expressed our support, though there was some concern within the industry. We believed that the conference would benefit from the extra planning time, ensuring that it would return better than ever before.

Only time will tell if the conference meets expectations, but at DCG, we have high hopes. So far, the transition of the model from the SEI to the CMMI Institute has been a smooth one. Overall, we’re excited about the conference’s new format, featuring workshops, presentations, plenary sessions and lightening talks. We can’t wait to connect with some familiar faces and meet some new ones!

We will be exhibiting at the conference, so we hope you’ll stop by our booth – we’d love to hear your thoughts on the conference’s new format and chat about all things CMMI.

See you there!

Pat Eglin
Certified CMMI Consultant

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Top 3 Misconceptions About the Test Maturity Model Integration

PatThe Test Maturity Model Integration (TMMi®) is a quality model framework focused strictly on testing. TMMi addresses the Testing Lifecycle from policy, planning and environments at lower levels of maturity to defect prevention, software quality evaluations and test process optimization at higher levels of maturity. I’ve covered it in more detail in a previous blog post.

As with any quality model, there tends to be a lot of misconceptions and questions of value - and the TMMi is no exception. Here, I dispel the top three myths about the TMMi.

Major Misconception #1: TMMi will not work with the existing process frameworks we already use in-house!

Answer: False. Think of the TMMi as an extension to the existing quality model frameworks in-house. Remember, most quality models deal with the entire lifecycle. That typically covers planning, requirements, design, and then test. TMMi takes the test phase of your lifecycle and adds the level of rigor required to ensure quality prevention, not quality detection.

Major Misconception #2: TMMi will only work in a waterfall environment.

Answer: Really? How many organizations these days strictly do waterfall. Okay, some, but not many. Most organizations do some form of Agile these days - even if it is a hybrid version. Agile teams do testing too. Think about the following: you'd have a policy around performing testing, you'd have project plans (albeit they may be called something else or included in a backlog or release plans), you'd execute test, you'd monitor the results, you'd conduct peer reviews, you'd conduct non-functional test. Do these things seem reasonable? Do they sound like things that may be included in the sprint tasks or in the definition of done? TMMi works in more than just a waterfall environment.

Major Misconception #3: The TMMi model will add way too much time and effort to an already stretched budget and schedule.

Answer: Like most models, it isn't the framework that is bad, it's the implementation. You can take any framework and load it up with excessive process. Think of model implementation as a plate of nachos. The framework is the chips, it's simple and serves as the foundation. It's up to you how heavy you make the toppings (implementation). The purpose of the TMMi framework is to give you structure that provides value and aids in producing a quality product through the prevention of defects - not trying to find the defects under layers of development after it's too late.

Hopefully these myth busters give you a better understanding of and appreciation for the TMMi model.

Learn more about the value of the TMMi model, and our partnership with TMMi service provider Experimentus, in this Q&A with Martin Adcock, Managing Director of Experimentus.

Questions? Other myths you’d like to have addressed? Just let me know in the comments!

Pat Eglin
Consultant, CMMI Instructor, TMMi Service Provider

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