Subject: Re: engineering counts
From: "Forrest J. Cavalier III" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 07:14:17 -0400 (EDT)

> One way to proceed would be to identify those customers must concerned
> with such issues, today, and weigh their market sizes and strategic
> value.

The organizations concerned with such issues are going to be
CMM 3 or above.  Which means they are going to be big and
established.  Lots of people.  Lots of roles.

But the world-wide trend is to have SMALLER organizations,
(even individuals) writing software.  But by definition
CMM 3 requires peer review, so individuals are not

If a CMM >=3 group is  going to acquire software, they at
least need to get it from processes they trust to be CMM 3
or above.  Nearly all of the existing open source software
is useless to such an organization.

Do you think this is a problem with CMM's premise of defining
quality in terms of the process and not the product?  

Do you think the significant barrier of entry for suppliers
can be amortized with an FSB model?  (FSB models always seem
to be based on very tentative barriers to entry, easily
erased by market forces and irrelevant to 500 pound gorillas.)