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CMMI for Outsourcing: Guidelines for Software, Systems, and IT Acquisition by Susan Kushner, John W. Mishler, Deborah K. Yedlin, Hubert F. Hofmann

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Chapter 5. Accelerating Acquisition Improvement

 

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.

 
 --Alfred North Whitehead (1929)

Organizations that stand still can neither prosper nor survive. Many of us find ourselves in organizations that want to do things “better, cheaper, and faster” but are not sure how to get there. And, in many cases, an organization’s culture can’t support its aspirations to reach world-class status as the best of the best. We find that leadership isn’t there, we don’t have effective teams, functional groups are more focused on preserving their territory than producing results, problem-solving processes are superficial, and attempts to implant best practices here and there with good ...

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