A Roadmap To CMMI Appraisal

A Humble Web Development Startup

I co-founded QArea in 2000. Our initial clients were companies looking for freelancers and startups that needed to develop websites right when the dot-com bubble was bursting in the West but growing in Ukraine. Our work processes were haphazard. We would seldom know where our next client would come from, what they would want from us, and whether or not we would be able to deliver. We always did, but our process was very much reactive.

No Longer Crawling, But Also Not Sprinting

QArea’s first noticeable growth spurt happened when team leaders and project managers had clearly defined responsibilities and areas of expertise. We had collectively agreed on a method of collecting and tracking project requirements, began using a better task tracking solution, and were able to consistently deliver on promises made to clients. We spent a lot of time and effort on helping new employees understand our processes, and we knew how to react when something didn’t go according to plan.

Sprints And Marathons

The next stretch of rapid growth saw our team expand from 50 employees to over 200. Countless hours were spent onboarding new developers and QA engineers, and we began to improve the process by creating thorough documentation of key processes in our workflow. It was related largely to the basics, but it sparked an immediate improvement in our onboarding process and decreased the burden on managers.

CMMI Appraisal

Practical Appraisal Tips

Here is a list of practical tips you can apply in your team and/or company to build a road map to CMMI appraisal.



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Max Garkavtsev

Max Garkavtsev

I’m passionate about modern technologies and new context they created. I’m a CEO of several software development and product companies.