Doing PMBOK, CMMI and Agile / Scrum -- Managing Projects, Keeping Sane -- Sorting it All Out

Doing PMBOK, CMMI and Agile / Scrum -- Managing Projects, Keeping Sane -- Sorting it All Out


Neil Potter

The Process Group

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About the Seminar

This session compares and contrasts CMMI, PMBOK and Agile / Scrum, showing how implementing one will support the other, and when used authentically leads to excellent project management.

During the workshop, attendees will sort out the similarities and differences of each framework and identify what actions they need to take next in their organization. Students who are not in software or IT development groups can focus on PMI and CMMI.

The session also covers the sticky issues that often get in the way of doing great project management and adopting frameworks such as Scrum and CMMI. Sticky issues include, the avoidance of accountability, voluminous process documentation, and how to incorporate new practices into a usable project workflow.


The CMMI-DEV* model is a collection of practices aimed at organizations that develop products, systems and IT solutions. The model is organized into five levels, each level defining more advanced practices to improve schedule, budget, risk management and quality performance. The levels provide an achievable road map for sustained incremental improvement.

Scrum is a methodology used in many software and IT groups. It promotes a project management process that encourages frequent inspection and adaptation, a leadership philosophy using teamwork, self-organization and accountability, with strong customer involvement.

The Project Management Body of Knowledge defines an extensive set of project management practices that can be applied to any type of project.

This session compares and contrasts CMMI, PMBOK and Scrum and shows how implementing one can significantly implement or co-exist with the other. The presentation looks at each framework and shows in detail how they compare at a practice level. Students will conduct several exercises during the day to reinforce their understanding of selected practices.


  • Summary of CMMI / PMBOK / Scrum
  • Body of Knowledge vs. Maturity Model vs. Scrum Framework
  • Keeping sane – how to hang things together
  • An approach for navigating CMMI, PMBOK and Scrum – how to avoid being overwhelmed
  • Potential obstacles: accountability and visibility
  • Practice session: goals, problems and opportunities
  • Comparison: CMMI / PMBOK / Scrum
  • Section 4. Project Integration Management
  • Section 5. Project Scope Management
  • Section 6. Project Time Management
  • Practice session: Planning Poker + Evaluation
  • Section 7. Project Cost Management
  • Practice session: Measurement, definitions and tie to CMMI
  • What does your organization want to know?
  • Project health
  • Section 8. Project Quality Management
  • Section 9. Project Human Resource Management
  • Section 10. Project Communications Management
  • Section 11. Project Risk Management
  • Practice session: Risk Management
  • Section 12. Project Procurement Management
  • Section 13. Project Stakeholder Management
  • More on the engineering Process Areas and Scrum
  • Practice session: Decision Analysis and Resolution (and tie to PMBOK and CMMI)
  • Process writing – 1-page checklists
  • Keeping sane, focusing on the way YOU want to run a project – workflows, depth of practice implementation and documentation.
Event Location

ManTech University- ManTech International HQ
2251 Corporate Park Drive, Third Floor
Herndon, VA, 20171

Special Instructions

8:00 AM - Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM - Seminar Begins
4:30 PM - Seminar Ends

(Fee includes seminar, materials, breakfast, and lunch)
$335.00 - Member Registration
$360.00 - Nonmember Registration

PDUs Available: 
7.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

About the Speakers

Neil Potter

The Process Group

Neil Potter is co-founder of The Process Group, a company formed in 1990 that consults on process improvement, CMMI, Scrum, software engineering and project management.

He has 28 years of experience in software and process engineering. Neil is a CMMI-Institute certified lead appraiser for SCAMPI appraisals, Intro to CMMI instructor (development and services), Six Sigma Greenbelt and Certified Scrum Master. He has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Essex (UK) and is the co-author of Making Process Improvement Work - A Concise Action Guide for Software Managers and Practitioners, Addison-Wesley (2002), and Making Process Improvement Work for Service Organizations, Addison-Wesley (2012). The Process Group consults to software, IT, systems and hardware organizations.

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