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I have been asked by my organization to work on a Global Resource Management process. The objective is to clearly define the hiring process and also to streamline the current internal resource management activties.
At this point in time, visibility into utilization figures, adequacy of staff, skill set availability is low and fragmented. All this needs to be worked on and streamlined.
As this is virgin territory for me, i would appreciate any help on how i should go about tackling this project.
The current steps that i am taking are in this order:
1. Creating a topography of all available resources.
2. Creating a Skill Set inventory
3. Getting information regarding utilization of resources based on Billable / Non – Billable resources.
4. Understanding current leveraging patterns across projects for available resources
5. Obtaining Bench Strength information.
6. Obtaining information on new projects in the pipeline, estimated resource requirements.
7. Creating an annual forecast based on the above.
This will go along with developing the process for recruitment.
Please do let me know if this approach makes sense. Please feel free to dispute everything that i may have mentioned here since i may be completely off tangent.
Awaiting your responses.
I would like to understand as to whether there are any benchmarks / pointers available on adequate sizing of an organization’s QA team. What i am driving at is as to whether there is a methodology to figuring out how many QA resources would be required per FTE (Full Time Eqvivalent) resources.
I know there could be ambiguity with respect to type of projects / technology etc but any guidelines or published metrics would be of great assistance.
As an organization that is planning to implement ISO 27001, i would be grateful if any of the members here could share generic Audit checklists for auditing various departments / functions of the organization. Espescially for Top Management, MR etc.
We are a middle size organization. We launched our CMMI-Dev, V 1.3, ML 3 journey last year and are going to have our final SCAMP Appraisal soon. While most other projects are using MS VSS as the CM tool, an old and lengthy project nearing its completion has not been using any CM Tool. This project is selected, amongst a few others, for being examined during the SCAMPI Appraisal.
My question to fellow members is this: Shall we create a MS VSS directory for this project and put all past artifacts in it or keep leading the project as it is and risk our appraisal?
I have tried to respond to Rohit’s post of 23rd March regarding ‘Differences / salient features of CMMi v1.3 over v1.2’ after going through the new version of CMMI-Dev (V 1.3) and have listed down following changes in it:
Architecture related changes:
Process Area category:
New areas included in PA descriptions while providing interpretation of SPs and GPs:
The new model is therefore easier to implement by a variety of organizations in software, as well as other industries.
GGs, GPs, and GP Elaborations:
High Maturity Updates:
I would say, this is the most important change in the model.
The new model is more concise with about 100 pages less than its earlier avatar, and with GG4 and GG5 removed.
I will get the book on V 1.3 of CMMI-Dev in coming 3-5 days and would add to this post in case more differences are found. Rest of the details in the two versions remain the same.
Members may add to these details….
Would like to know if anyone has a presentation or any other document that highlights the differences / salient features that the latest iteration of the model encompasses.
The new book “CMMI for Development®: Guidelines for Process Integration and Product Improvement, Third Edition” is now available from www.amazon.com @ USD 62.36, including shipping and handling charges of USD 9.98. Its ISBN is 0- 321-15496-7 and it is the hard copy version of SEI’s ‘CMU/SEI-2010-TR-033’. They have started shipping it from 19th March.
This article was published in the ‘India Today’ magazine of march 21, 2011. My friend Rakesh Goyal contributed most of the material for this article. Please read on….