CMMI for Development (3rd Edition)

CMMI for Development: Guidelines for Process Integration and Product Improvement
(SEI Series in Software Engineering)
Addison-Wesley
Software Engineering Institute – Carnegie Mellon
3rd Edition, 2011
ISBN-13: 978-0321711502
ISBN-10: 0321711505

Woof!  What a boondoggle this book is.  I was looking for a CMMI-DEV v1.3 book that not just covers the requirements, but also goes into details regarding the implementation of the assessment standards.

While it covers the requirements well, it is no different than the PDF available on the SEI site: http://www.sei.cmu.edu/reports/10tr033.pdf.

I actually prefer printing out the PDF and putting it in a three-ring binder with divider tabs marking the Key Process Areas by abbreviation and by Maturity Level.

This also allows the user to rearrange the KPAs by Maturity Level rather than putting them strictly in alphabetical order.

The other downside to this hardbound copy of the CMMI is the price, I paid $68 for this hoping for the holy grail since it’s produced by SEI.  Big mistake.

The Book (and PDF) covers all of the KPAs in a good amount of detail, enabling a reasonably savvy organization to determine which areas and what maturity are appropriate for the shop and its industry.

This book isn’t a replacement for training your steering body and project management.

This book is not recommended for the practitioner unless you are building a corporate library for lending within the organization.

Amazon Score 4.6/5
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Essential Scrum (1st Edition, 2013)

Essential Scrum – A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process
Addison-Wesley
1st Edition, 2013
ISBN-13: 978-0137043293
ISBN-10: 0137043295

Essential Scrum by Kenneth S Rubin is a solid piece of work.  It covers (and often repeats coverage of) Agile, especially the Scrum approach in a detailed and quite knowledgeable manner.

He not only provides an overview of Scrum, but digs in deeper covering the topics in detail.  He even discusses alternatives (for example, do you commit to a Sprint Backlog or do you forecast the work attempted?)

He has clearly researched his material, with citations liberally sprinkled throughout the text.

I recommend this book for organizations that are just now starting Scrum as it encourages the fledgling practice in shops that are new to the concept.

Amazon Score 4.7/5
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