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Foundations of Capability (with Dragons)

The official CMMI® Institute certified course, packed with our special bonuses

Why Take This COurse


You'd like to pave the way for better performance ("actual results") in your organization. To help with this, you want a basic introduction to arguably the world's leading performance improvement framework, the CMMI. No prerequisites needed.


This two-day course will not cover any of the CMMI's eight domains, but you may follow it up with one or both of the one-day Building Excellence classes to learn about the Development or Services domain, and help qualify you to serve on a corresponding appraisal team.


Who Should Attend

This class should be attended by:

  • Anyone interested in improving the performance of any organization

  • Anyone else heavily involved in CMMI-based improvement

This course does not fulfill the prerequisite requirements for any of the more advanced CMMI courses. If that's what you're looking for, or if you require exposure to any domains beyond Development and Services, please see Building Organizational Capability.


What You'll Learn

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Connect the CMMI with business value

  • Use the CMMI as a tool for improving performance

  • Describe the components of the CMMI -- including the core Practice Areas. (Does not cover any of the eight domains.)

  • Illustrate the high-level value of a CMMI appraisal

  • Know what it takes to be Maturity Level 2, 3, and beyond

  • Know where to find information in the model


The standard stuff. You'll get these from any Certified CMMI Instructor:

  • ​Certificate of Completion

  • Online Model Viewer access for 30 days

  • One Exam Credit to take the CMMI Associate Certification Exam

  • Certification as a CMMI Associate upon passing the exam

  • Prerequisite for Building Development and Building Services Excellence classes

  • When combined with the appropriate Building Excellence course(s), will allow you to serve on a CMMI appraisal team appraising for the corresponding domain(s)

  • Online access to all standard CMMI Institute slides and exercises


PLUS - Only When We Teach It

Online access to our three completely different, proprietary 60-question practice CMMI Associate Exams. (See 5 sample questions.)

Membership in our exclusive Alumni Club,The Dragon's Den. Containing exam tips, more than a dozen CMMI crossword puzzles, and a forum for questions


Electronic binders of our more than 500 original, sumptuously-illustrated class slides

Fourteen bonus exercises you can try after class, to fine-tune your CMMI skills for the Exam


Our proprietary 36-page CMMI Quick Reference Guide, listing every practice in the model in one handy pdf

Our famous CMMI Cheat Sheets: six pages of the most useful CMMI graphics around

ISACA's 83-page Adoption Guidance document, describing how to implement CMMI in your organization

Our Special Bonuses
Our Special Bonuses


Modules in italics are primarily placeholders for additional content provided in Building Organizational Capability. That class also details additional PAs in some of the other modules. (E.g., IRP and CONT are added to Module 10.)

DAY 1​

01 Welcome

02 Performance Excellence & CMMI

03 CMMI Model Structure

04 CMMI Performance Solutions Ecosystem

05 Engineering & Developing Products

06 Delivering & Managing Services

07 Ensuring Quality (featuring Vikings)

      RDM  VV  PR  PQA

08 Planning & Managing Work (featuring Aliens)

      EST  PLAN  MC

09 Selecting & Managing Suppliers

10 Managing Business Resilience (featuring Dragons)


DAY 2​

11 Managing the Workforce (featuring Dinosaurs)​


12 Supporting Implementation (featuring Fairies)
     DAR  CAR  CM

13 Managing Data

14 Managing Security & Safety

15 Improving Performance (featuring Pirates)​

     PCM  PAD  MPM

16 Sustaining Habit & Persistence (feat. Wizards)
     GOV  II

17 Goblin Alert
18 Levels

19 Appraisals

20 Next Steps

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