Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) is a program designed to aid software development process improvement. CMMI also serves as a model for assessing the process maturity of an organization, categorizing processes into the following maturity levels: Initial, Managed, Defined, Quantitatively Managed, and Optimizing processes. A certified (appraised) level of CMMI compliance (capability maturity) is required by many US and European customers especially in government and defense projects.
While the basic (Initial) level of process maturity is characterized by poorly controlled and thus unpredictable processes, higher levels of process maturity mean a stronger control over processes. To achieve higher levels of process maturity, reactive processes have to be replaced by proactive ones, processes need to be controlled and managed, and finally, a focus on process improvement has to be achieved.
While CMMI Level 5 is explicitly targeted at large organizations, Levels 2 and 3 are achievable by smaller organizations. For them, achieving compliance with these levels could mean new opportunities as they will be able to bid on projects where an appraised level of CMMI is mandated.
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