PITTSBURGH--Hundreds of global business leaders dedicated to capability and process improvement gathered in Annapolis, Md., May 10-11, for the annual Capability Counts Conference. The CMMI® Institute, a global leader in the advancement of best practices in people, process, and technology, hosted the conference. Attendees experienced a series of workshops, keynotes, and interactive sessions focused on delivering actionable insights on what it means to be a capable, mature organization.
“It was both exciting and rewarding to see global organizations come together to demonstrate their commitment to capability improvement and creating sustainable competitive advantage,” said Kirk Botula, CEO of CMMI Institute. “We achieved our goal in providing an avenue for professionals at all levels to share their experiences connecting strategy to action and driving high performance and agility.”
Three keynote presentations uncovered the top trends that left attendees buzzing:
- Building capabilities delivers measurable business results in organizations, no matter the industry, no matter the size.
Andreas Kramvis, vice chairman of Honeywell, noted that building capability by achieving CMMI maturity level 5 globally in the company’s software centers is an essential enabler to Honeywell’s business results. In fact, 77 percent of Honeywell’s growth strategy includes $21 billion in sales of software-enabled products.
- A capabilities-driven strategy creates sustainable, competitive advantage.
Kirk Grothe, chief executive officer of Livanta, emphasized that every industry is continually evolving, leading to more competition, more activity, more risk, and more failure. Thus, high capability and maturity are central to responding to market conditions, sustaining a competitive advantage, and differentiating between rivals.
- High maturity enables real-time capability and process improvement resulting in predictable performance.
The continuous integration of CMMI and agile processes helps capture defects, so teams can focus on delivering valuable functionality and productivity. Eric Rongley, chief executive officer of Bleum, outlined the keys to routinely delivering zero-defect systems. It is critical to measure everything in real time, because everything is a task that takes time and has some output.
“People come to conferences like this to maintain their edge on knowledge and market trends. The only way we can compete is by building capability and staying ahead of the trends. How we work, how we behave, how we develop our products and services—it’s the only thing that matters in a competitive environment,” said Jeff Dalton, program chair and CEO of Broadsword, a software performance improvement company.
The Capability Counts Conference also featured the CMMI Institute’s first-ever Capability Challenge, a webinar-based competition that showcased business success stories. Attendees dubbed AEGIS.net the Capability Challenge Champion for tripling revenue after receiving an organization-wide CMMI maturity level 3 rating and streamlining its project and work management capabilities. As he accepted the award, AEGIS.net President Michael Callihan said, “AEGIS.net uses CMMI as a competitive edge to differentiate ourselves in a crowded marketplace, but more importantly to provide a strong foundation of process to support our clients and our own business growth.”
The 2017 Capability Counts Conference is scheduled to take place May 16-17 in Alexandria, Va. For more information on CMMI Institute conferences, visit http://cmmiinstitute.com/conferences.
CMMI Institute (CMMIinstitute.com) is the global leader in the advancement of best practices in people, process, and technology. The Institute provides the tools and support for organizations to benchmark their capabilities and build maturity by comparing their operations to best practices and identifying performance gaps. For over 25 years, thousands of high-performing organizations in a variety of industries, including aerospace, finance, healthcare, software, defense, transportation, and telecommunications, have earned a CMMI maturity level rating and proved they are capable business partners and suppliers. To learn more about how CMMI can help your organization elevate performance, visit CMMIinstitute.com.