What is CMMI?
Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) is a process improvement approach developed by Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institure. CMMI provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes. It can be used to guide process improvement across a project, a division, or an entire organization. CMMI helps integrate traditionally separate organizational functions, set process improvement goals and priorities, provide guidance for quality processes, and provide a point of reference for appraising current processes. This page points you to places where you can find more information about CMMI, and describes the worldwide adoption and benefits of CMMI.
CMMI is being adopted worldwide, including North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and Africa. This kind of response has substantiated the SEI's commitment to the CMMI models and the Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPISM). SCAMPI incorporates the best ideas of several process-improvement appraisal methods.
Benefits of Process Improvement
The following are some of the benefits and business reasons for implementing process improvement:
- The quality of a system is highly influenced by the quality of the process used to acquire, develop, and maintain it.
- Process improvement increases product and service quality as organizations apply it to achieve their business objectives.
- Process improvement objectives are aligned with business objectives.
The CMMI Product Suite is at the forefront of process improvement because it provides the latest best practices for product and service development and maintenance. The CMMI models improve the best practices of previous models in many important ways. CMMI best practices enable organizations to do the following:
- more explicitly link management and engineering activities to their business objectives
- expand the scope of and visibility into the product lifecycle and engineering activities to ensure that the product or
- service meets customer expectations
- incorporate lessons learned from additional areas of best practice (e.g., measurement, risk management, and supplier management)
- implement more robust high-maturity practices
- address additional organizational functions critical to their products and services
- more fully comply with relevant ISO standards
More info about CMMI and benefits of CMMI adoption can be found on the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute website.
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