Overcoming the First Hurdle: Why Organizations Do Not Adopt CMMI

  • Nazrina Khurshid
  • Paul L. Bannerman
  • Mark Staples
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5543)


This paper further examines why some software development organizations decide not to adopt CMMI by replicating an earlier Australian study in another country. The study examines data collected from the efforts of three consulting firms to sell a CMMI Level 2 program subsidized by the Malaysian government. The most frequently cited reasons for not adopting CMMI were: the program was too costly; the companies were unsure of the benefits; the organization was too small; and/or the organization had other priorities. The Malaysian study extends and generally supports the Australian study (differences were found in the frequency ordering of reasons and two new reason categories had to be introduced). It also adds to our understanding of CMMI adoption decisions. Based on the results, we conclude that to achieve broader impact in practice, software process improvement (SPI) researchers need to develop a stronger cost-benefit analysis for SPI, recognising it as a business investment rather than just a product or process quality improvement technique, and provide flexible entry options to enable more companies of difference sizes to take the adoption leap.


Software Process Improvement SPI CMMI adoption 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nazrina Khurshid
    • 1
    • 2
  • Paul L. Bannerman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mark Staples
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.NICTAAustralian Technology ParkEveleighAustralia
  2. 2.School of Computer Science and EngineeringUniversity of NSWAustralia

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