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Just a few hours left for early registration rates at The CMMI Conference: SEPG North America 2014

…and I also have a discount code for Clients, Friends and Family, if you’d like!

Look forward to seeing you there.


Joint AFCEA / Cyber Huntsville Luncheon, 19 March 2014: “All Things Cyber”

Excellent organizations with an outstanding speaker, LTG Peter Cuviello, USA (Ret):

CMMI Institute Announces Banner Year

GlenTalon Consulting, Inc. is a proud partner of the CMMI Institute.  We have been using CMMI to help elevate performance for over 12 years and in 2013, our appraisals contributed to the record-breaking year. We look forward to working with our clients in 2014 to pursue and support ongoing performance improvement.

Welcome the AUSA Winter Symposium to Huntsville



Fact vs. Fiction – Perceptions of Small Business Challenges: ISO 9000 & CMMI

Dr Jay and I will discuss the challenges small businesses face when pursuing ISO 9000 or CMMI at the Women’s Business Center of North Alabama on March 4th. Local business owners will share their experiences, too.

Please join us!

Call for Participation opens for The CMMI Conference: SEPG North America 2014, 6-7 May 2014, Washington, DC area

Does your business or organization boast best-in-class operational performance?

If so, share your success with the world!

If not, come find out how you can!

Count to 2

My 2 year old understands more about leading organizational change than many corporate executives. He recently started counting out loud, and he’s good. Typically he counts like this:

“One, two, five, nine,” or “One, two, six, eight, five.”

See how hard things get after two?

So why do so many companies have umpteen improvement initiatives spread across multiple divisions with teams that wind up changing what other teams changed before the first change even got fielded? Whew! Talk about confusing!

If you don’t believe my 2 year old, how about Grenny, Patterson, Maxfield, McMillan and Switzler?

The authors of Influencer suggest that just a few initiatives, with overwhelming attention and support brought to bear across all levels of the organization, have a much greater chance of success. Take a look at the framework* they provide for change by addressing both ability and motivation at the individual, peer, and institutional levels.

Within the organization change management community, the best tools I’ve found that support this type of approach are the Capability Maturity Models from the CMMI Institute at Carnegie Mellon University**. Their focus on practices that support institutionalization of processes across an organization, in addition to the entire People CMM, map very well to many of the ideas presented in Influencer.

As we approach the holiday season and prepare for the new year, do yourselves and your organizations a favor: Look at all the change and improvement initiatives currently on the table…and count no higher than two.


*I have no affiliation with any of these authors or their materials; I’m just a fan.
**I am currently a CMMI Institute-certified lead appraiser and instructor for the CMMIs for Acquisition, Development, and Services.