Friday, November 06, 2009

PMLL Episode 0083 "CMMI vs. Six Sigma – What’s it all about?" (PMBestPractices)

Notes and Podcast info from the Conference Call:
Topic: "CMMI vs. Six Sigma – What’s it all about?” (PMBestPractices) founder and PM Best Practices host: Henry Will, PMP
Presenter: Marilyn Ginsberg-Finner, Defense Systems, CMMI Support, Northrop Grumman Corporation AND Douglas B. Smith, Defense Systems, Lean Six Sigma, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Date of Conference Call: 15Oct2009
Podcast Number: 0083

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CMMI vs. Lean Six Sigma – What’s it all about?
• Why’s and What’s of Lean Six Sigma
• NG L6Sigma Program
• What is 6Sigma?
• What is “Lean”?
• Differences between CMMI and 6-Sigma

Marilyn Ginsberg-Finner has worked in the telecommunications and defense industries, performing, managing, and consulting on process improvement, SQA, and other topics. She served on 6ó teams and led and contributed to successful CMMI appraisals. Marilyn is currently with Northrop Grumman, as a process consultant for US Army Software Engineering Center at Fort Monmouth. She is a Certified Software Quality Engineer (CSQE), Senior member American Society for Quality (ASQ), member NJ SPIN, IEEE-CS, and has served as Program Chair Jersey SIGAda, and a member of the IEEE Software Engineering Standards Executive Committee and the ISO US Technical Advisory Group.

Doug Smith has been the Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Black Belt responsible for Quality Improvement at Northrop Grumman’s IT Sector. In addition to teaching Lean Six Sigma and leading LSS teams, he provides engineering and management expertise to projects and proposals. For more than half of his 28 years in software development and project management, Doug has used continuous improvement techniques and the Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Models, with emphasis on metrics, statistical process control, estimation, project management, peer reviews, and model-based assessments. He has led organizations to CMMI Level 5 certification in three different SCAMPI assessments. Doug’s software development background is in service-oriented, object-oriented, and web-based systems, primarily in C, C++, and Java. His functional areas of expertise include document imaging, computer graphics, command and control systems, and military manpower management. Doug has presented at conferences and published in journals on metrics, process improvement, computer graphics, and software engineering, including the 2008 John Wiley/IEEE Computer Society Press book, Practical Support for Lean Six Sigma Software Process Definition, and was a subject matter expert for development of the IEEE Computer Society’s “Certified Software Development Associate” (CSDA) Learning System. Doug has taught at military and civilian schools and colleges, and is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U S Marine Corps Reserve. Doug received a Master of Science in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He is ITIL v3 Foundation certified, and is a member of IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society.

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