Our paper on why companies don’t adopt CMMI is now available online. This paper describes the details of some issues I’ve talked about previously to various industry audiences. In this study, we found that some companies (especially small ones) felt there were barriers to adopting CMMI. For example, often they didn’t get around to considering the possible benefits of adopting CMMI, because they perceived that it would just be too costly or time-consuming. The goal of this sort of research is to better understand the needs of software-developing companies, to help researchers develop software process improvement approaches that are more relevant and accessible to companies. There are more details in the paper.
Maybe of note is that the article is currently #20 in the Top 25 Hottest Articles for the journal, even before it’s appeared in print!