BD-Institute Non-Profit Status.
Question: Is the BD-Institute a non-profit organization?
Answer: Yes. The BD-Institute is organized under Section 501(c)(6) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
Relationship to CMMI Institute.
Question: What is BD-Institute’s relationship with CMMI Institute?
Answer: When the BD-Institute was established in 2004, we worked with Carnegie Mellon University through its Software Engineering Institute, which gave permission for us to develop BD-CMM V1.0 using their trademarks. Since the University subsequently transferred ownership of their trademarks and intellectual property to CMMI Institute, we have continued our informal relationship through them.
Privacy and Data-Protection Policy.
Question: How does BD-Institute assure that organizations that participate in its Community of Practice, use related products and services, and participate in studies and benchmarking are protected?
Answer: All data received by the BD-Institute from research projects, appraisals, and other sources are considered confidential and are not disclosed outside of the organization. This policy is enforced through non-disclosure agreements and our professional code of conduct.
Question: What is BD-CMM and how did it originate?
Answer: BD-CMM is a structured framework of BD best practices designed to provide an improvement path and related guidance for organizations wishing to optimize their BD capability. It originated as a BD-specific adaptation of the CMM® approach pioneered by Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. Initial work was performed by Shipley Associates, and subsequent completion of the model was accomplished in collaboration with the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP).
Question: Is BD-CMM applicable industry-wide?
Answer: Yes. Like all CMMs and CMMI®, the BD-CMM defines all embedded best practices at a high level that focus on BD maturity in ways that are inherently scalable. As a result, BD-CMM has been applied successfully to companies having annual revenue of less than $50 million, all the way up to large, multi-billion-dollar organizations across numerous industries and located around the world.
Relationship to CMMI and ISO.
Question: Can we use BD-CMM in conjunction with CMMI or ISO?
Answer: Yes. BD-CMM is compatible with all other CMMs, and its latest version has brought it into alignment with CMMI in terms of structure and approach. In addition, BD-CMM aligns well with ISO principles and requirements, and detailed comparisons show both compatibility and direct synergy.
BD-CMM Business Case.
Question: What is the business case for applying BD-CMM?
Answer: Analysis of various case studies (see relevant white paper under “Resources”) suggest that organizations that commit to the strategies and practices embedded in BD-CMM realize definable improvements in business results. These studies indicate conservative return-on-investment (ROI) in excess of 8:1, with results driving benefit directly to a company’s “bottom line.”
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