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CMMI or Agile: Why Not Embrace Both!

November 2008 Technical Note
Hillel Glazer - Entinex Inc., Jeff Dalton (Broadsword Solutions Corporation), David Anderson (David J. Anderson & Associates Inc.), Michael D. Konrad, Sandra Shrum

This report describes how CMMI and Agile methods can be used together successfully.

Publisher:

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number

CMU/SEI-2008-TN-003

Please note that current and future CMMI research, training, and information has been transitioned to the CMMI Institute, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carnegie Mellon University.

Abstract

Agile development methods and CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration) best practices are often perceived to be at odds with each other. This report clarifies why the discord need not exist and proposes that CMMI and Agile champions work toward deriving benefit from using both and exploit synergies that have the potential to dramatically improve business performance.