Smith Trains Milestone 500th SEI "Introduction to CMMI" Student

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Mr. Bill Smith of Leading Edge Process Consultants recently taught the SEI "Introduction to CMMI" to his 500th student, reaching this milestone in only three years.

I had 11 students in the class, which pushed my total up to 503. I loved my students at Ecompex. They were lots of fun, and they really soaked this stuff up like sponges.

On August 14th, 2008, Mr. Bill Smith of Leading Edge Process Consultants taught his 500th SEI Introduction to CMMI student.

"It's been a wonderful ride," stated Smith, who has now taught the three-day class 30 times since July 2005. "I've gotten to know hundreds of super people from dozens of organizations, and I'd like to think I've had a major impact on the way my students feel about the CMMI. It's a great model when you approach it practically and intelligently. I try to emphasize this real-world perspective in class."

The CMMI, or Capability Maturity Model Integration, is a model developed by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University, Smith's alma mater. Though designed to be used by a variety of organizations, it has proven to be especially useful in the engineering of complex, software-intensive systems. The subject matter obviously resonates with Smith, who spent years as a software and systems engineer working for companies such as IBM and EDS.

"Organizations have realized that the CMMI is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future," Smith explained. "I know of several companies that were on the fence a few years ago but are now headed full speed toward adoption."

Asked how he was able to reach the 500 student milestone in just three years and a month, Smith replies "By being different. Doing whatever it takes to avoid 'death-by-slide.' My basic philosophy is that if people are asleep, no learning occurs. I make sure that people enjoy my class, so I get lots of referrals from my student alumni." He continues, "Everybody loves examples, so I tell stories about what I've seen or done in the past. And I help students make connections between the CMMI and what they're probably already doing at work. I also tend to use humor, which many students say helps a great deal. I even ratchet up the fun factor by playing music and giving away prizes."

Although Leading Edge maintains a full schedule of public Introduction to CMMI classes at its training facilities in the D.C. area and beyond, Mr. Smith's 500th student actually occurred in one of his private classes. "My 500th student was somebody at Ecompex, an information management company in McLean, Virginia," Smith stated. "I had 11 students in the class, which pushed my total up to 503. I loved my students at Ecompex. They were lots of fun, and they really soaked this stuff up like sponges."

For additional information on CMMI training, contact Bill Smith or visit http://www.leadingedgeprocess.com.

About Leading Edge Process Consultants:
Leading Edge Process Consultants LLC is a small process improvement consulting firm headquartered in Vienna, Virginia. As an official SEI Partner, Leading Edge is authorized to provide services including CMMI training, appraisals, and consulting. Leading Edge has become known throughout the industry for the quality of its CMMI class delivery, and has made waves with its unique dual low cost / top quality guarantees.

Contact:
Mr. Bill Smith, President
Leading Edge Process Consultants LLC
571-490-3229
http://www.leadingedgeprocess.com

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