CMM Level 5 Job Opening? No thanks

My SharpReader email address just received spam from about job-openings with a CMM Level 5 certified company. Even if I wasn't perfectly happy at my current job, there'd be no way I would go for something like that.

First of all, I'm not about to reward a spammer with anything other than spam in return (hence his email in this post:-), second of all, working for a CMM level 5 company sounds like a nightmare to me. My experiences with CMM certified companies (or companies striving for CMM certification) have been less than positive so far, and I personally much prefer a more agile approach to software development. If anybody out there works at CMM level 5 and thinks it's a good thing though, feel free to enlighten me.

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Which company was it, NASA? There aren't many level 5 companies, most hardly need to be.


Posted by Wally at June 21, 2004 12:17 PM

The email didn't say, but considering the popularity of CMM Level 5 in India (which I believe uses it mainly as a "proof of quality" to get US outsourcing contracts) and the fact that the email was signed by someone with an Indian name, I assume it's at an outsourcing company.

All the more reason to pass...

Posted by Luke Hutteman at June 21, 2004 1:06 PM

The company I work for just got it's CMM level 3 certification last year. Level 3 is bad enough, I can't imagine level 5 (10 minutes to code a fix, 3 days worth of paperwork and review boards to get it implemented...if you are lucky).

I think CMM has its place if you are developing a space craft or something, but I really don't see too much of a benefit for everyday software development. "Repeatable performance" is the phrase that gets tossed around alot, trying to make programmers into auto mechanics (install new brakes - $199.95... Code new ASP.NET front-end to billing system reports - $199.95). This all sounds good to management, but smart programmers know that estimating (and ultimately coding) any task, no matter how similar to the last one is an educated guess at best (and that's being overly optimistic).

Posted by Michael Kizer at June 21, 2004 1:12 PM

too right guys!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by nitin at March 20, 2005 6:45 AM
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