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What is CMMI?


CMMI Information Sources   |    Worldwide Adoption
Benefits of Process Improvement   |    Benefits of CMMI

Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) is a process improvement approach that 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 Information Sources

Before you begin applying CMMI to your organization, collect information about it. The CMMI Overview presentation provides a good summary of CMMI,
and the Adoption page is a good starting point for finding information most relevant to your situation.

The CMMI Version 1.2 Overview presentation introduces CMMI and can help you make decisions about your process improvement plans. You also can use this presentation to inform others in your organization about CMMI.

The Adoption page contains information about CMMI-related conferences and events, online forums, presentations, mappings, and written publications.
Consider bookmarking the Getting Started and Adoption pages to help you develop your process improvement program.

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Worldwide Adoption

The SEI is excited about the response that organizations around the world are having to the CMMI Product Suite. 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. The SCAMPI Class A method is being used successfully by many organizations.
The emerging SCAMPI Class B and Class C methods will extend the suite of SCAMPI methods. For more information about SCAMPI, see CMMI Appraisals.

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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.

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CMMI Benefits

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

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