Is (P) CMM a Descriptive or a Prescriptive Method?

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Jagdish B Acharya
Consultant, India

Is (P) CMM a Descriptive or a Prescriptive Method?

Many methods like CMM provide descriptive as well as prescriptive results:
- Descriptive results (only) show where one stands…
- Prescriptive methods additionally show how to improve and thus have a prescription in them.
By over-documenting, CMM goes nearer to descriptive and is used to classify an organisation at a level. By evolving finer activity based check lists, CMM can be made more prescriptive and helpful in bringing about change in an organisation.


rajiv gupta
Business Consultant, India

Make People CMM Model Prescriptive and Less Specific to IT Industry

Agree. This model is highly specific to IT industry. I assume that a high percentage of IT cos are following this model. Has it made any significant difference to their performance both in quantitative and qualitative terms, or is it more of a form filling exercise for marketing reasons?
Additionally, how has this model been taken up outside of IT? I think every company should develop a model like this for their own HR function development. My own impression is that HR functions are usually considered to be transactional and administration-oriented. This model can help to overcome this deficiency.


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