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Blending Scrum practices and CMMI project management process areas


Software development organizations that have been employing capability maturity models, such as SW-CMM or CMMI for improving their processes are now increasingly interested in the possibility of adopting agile development methods. In the context of project management, what can we say about Scrum’s alignment with CMMI? The aim of our paper is to present the mapping between CMMI and the agile method Scrum, showing major gaps between them and identifying how organizations are adopting complementary practices in their projects to make these two approaches more compliant. This is useful for organizations that have a plan-driven process based on the CMMI model and are planning to improve the agility of processes or to help organizations to define a new project management framework based on both CMMI and Scrum practices.

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Marçal, A.S.C., de Freitas, B.C.C., Soares, F.S.F. et al. Blending Scrum practices and CMMI project management process areas. Innovations Syst Softw Eng 4, 17–29 (2008).

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  • Scrum
  • Agile development methods
  • CMMI
  • Agile project management