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The Org Is The Product


Someone once said something like: “the products an organization produces mirror the type of organization that produces them“. Thus, a highly formal, heavyweight, bureaucratic, title-obsessed, siloed, and rigid org will most likely produce products of the same ilk.

With this in mind, let’s look at the US DoD funded Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and one of its flagship products: the “CMMI® for Development, Version 1.3“. The snippet below was plucked right out of the 482 page technical report that defines the CMMI-DEV:

So, given no other organizational information other than that provided above, what kind of product would you speculate the CMMI-DEV is? Of course, like BD00 always is, you’d be dead wrong if you concluded that the CMMI-DEV is a highly formal, heavyweight, bureaucratic, title-obsessed, siloed, and rigid model for product development.

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