Miscelleneous Free Tools

This section includes reusable and tailorable Software CMM Level 2 policies, plus some process audit support material. Time and resources permitting, this page will include links to an increasing set of: policies, procedures, guidelines, examples, orientation material, training material, and audit support material, such as a CMMI-DEV (v1.3) search engine.

Additionally, if interested in or using the CMMI for Services framework, you may find the CMMI-SVC v1.3 Search Engine to be useful. (You'll also still find links to prior search engines.)

Please note (this is the legal stuff...) that the following material is provided with absolutely nothing expressed or implied. Maybe you'll find some of this material to be a useful start, maybe not; the decision--and validation--is yours. Also, most of the following material depends extensively on the CMM and CMMI frameworks published by the SEI. There is always the possibility of transcription errors when retyping, for example, goals and key practices into these utilities. Therefore, if you intend to use any of the following material, please be sure to verify accuracy against the original SEI source documents (see the "Resources" tab, then look for the SEI links).

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Developing CMM/I-Compliant Software Policies?

Are you getting ready to charter several process action teams and spend a few hundred hours developing policies that relate to Software CMM Level 2? Instead, consider these Software Policies as a possible starting point. You just might save yourself several thousand dollars (and a few weeks or months). Note: Similar polices for levels 3 through 5 are under development and will be uploaded after completion.

Preparing to Conduct a CMM/I-Based Software Process Audit?

Thinking of conducting software process capability audits using the SEI's Software CMM? Take a look at this Software Capability Audit Checklist. It rearranges the CMM into similar requirements. Hence, key practices related to policy are grouped together, key practices related to adequate funding and resources are grouped together, key practices requiring documented procedures are grouped together, etc. You may find this checklist to be much faster and easier to use than KPA-based checklists. There is room on the form for noting the location of evidence and for adding comments.

Thinking of Interviewing Software Project Managers?

Once you've used the above, you might start thinking that maybe a questionnaire structured along the same lines could be substantially easier for project managers to complete. Well, that's true. This Software Capability Questionnaire asks about *all* key practices through Level 3 (again, grouped by type) and then asks about all KPA goals through Level 5. (This questionnaire is being upgraded to cover all key practices within all five levels of the Software CMM. The new one will be uploaded after completion.)

Do Your (Grand)Kids Need to Practice Math?

Finally, this subject has nothing to do with Software Project Management. Nevertheless, here is a free math test generator (HTML and JavaScript). The page produces hardcopy tests (100 problems per page, randomly ordered) that can help a grade school child learn the basics and practice for in-class tests. It'll also (optionally) create an answer page so, if you prefer, you can have the kids grade their own work. There are a variety of options, so you select the test type, difficulty level, style, etc. This is currently a BETA release. Feedback welcome.

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