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  D R Holmes, Manager, United Kingdom

Weakness of CMM & CMMI

It is misused by organisations to measure to set targets for performance and measure the achievement of their workforce, rather than to honestly identify where to put the most investment in improvement of people, practices, and processes.

  Felix C. Poudeu, Management Consultant, Cameroon

People and Quality

The main limitation of CMM is that companies don't invest enough in people development and in processes to increase capability in other and to enhance business potential...

  Joe Kolinger, Management Consultant, United States

CMM Weaknesses

Two weaknesses come to mind, and these are more related to implementation rather than the CMM itself.
1. Many organizations implement CMM to become more 'mature' (i.e. reach higher levels) but actually become lost in process. They wind up ,b>confusing process sophistication with real maturity. Filling out a lot of forms does not make an organization more mature.
2. The CMM is great at taming variation in the production or routine software development process. But it can be a real big impediment to innovation.
So where you need innovation a more flexible, agile, learn as you go framework is necessary.

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