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What is Capability Maturity Model Integration® (CMMI®)?

Capability Maturity Model Integration® (CMMI) is a process improvement approach developed by the Software Engineering InstituteSM. The CMMI® framework provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that 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.

Benefits of CMMI®

Implementation of CMMI® helps the organizations to improve their performance and meet their business objectives. Being appraised (also known as certified) is a prerequisite to bidding on many Federal Agency projects.

Organizations implementing the CMMI® have realized benefits in many of the following categories:

  • Improved schedule and budget predictability
  • Improved cycle time
  • Increased productivity
  • Improved quality (as measured by defects)
  • Increased customer satisfaction
  • Improved employee morale
  • Increased return on investment
  • Decreased cost of quality

How APS can help?

APS has devised a proven 10-step methodology to help organizations attain desired levels of organizational maturity and process capability. An optimal mix of services from the following 10 steps is logically and carefully sequenced to maximize the benefits of implementing the CMMI®. The 10 steps are as follows:

Initiate Process Improvement

An APS Lead Assessor will kick-start the process improvement initiative in the client's organization by understanding and aligning the process improvement objectives with their business objectives.

Perform Gap Analysis

APS will conduct a gap analysis to gain an understanding of the current processes and will produce a detailed report highlighting the degree to which the organization exhibits the CMMI®practices. This exercise will lead to a very precise estimate of what needs to be done to improve the Client's processes to attain the desired level of maturity.

Develop Infrastructure

APS will work with the client's organization to develop an infrastructure to support their process improvement initiative, which may include the following:

  • Engineering Process Group,
  • Process Quality Assurance Group,
  • Tools Group

and facilitate evolution of charters for these groups.

Define Process Assets

Process assets are the collection of reusable Procedures, Standards, Guidelines, Templates and Checklists that are developed by the organization to achieve repeatability and operational excellence across the organization.

APS will help organizations to identify the best practices within their organization and from the industry, and assist in creation of process assets.

Provide Role Based Training

APS will provide role-based training to project teams to increase proficiency of the team and contribute to the project success. Please refer to APS Training offerings.

Assist Institutionalization

Implementing processes within an organization involves cultural changes. APS team members are experienced 'Change Agents' who have successfully implemented defined processes in projects of various sizes and complexity in different domains and knowledge areas. APS change agents train, educate, and mentor the client's project team members and help the client's organization to implement the processes and institutionalize them.

Conduct Mini-Appraisal

The major focus of the Mini-Appraisal is to evaluate the extent to which the organization's process documentation and practices satisfy the key practices of CMMI®.

The Mini-Appraisal is also used to measure the progress and readiness of the organization before planning for a SCAMPISM Appraisal.

Prepare for Formal Appraisal

APS will conduct a workshop for the client's project team(s) in creating the PIIDs (Process Implementation Indicator Descriptions) that are required for formal appraisals. PIIDs are a collection of objective evidence that demonstrates the implementation of CMMI® practices.

Conduct Formal Appraisal

APS is a Partner of Software Engineering Institute (SEISM) and licensed to provide SCAMPISM (Standard CMMI® Appraisal Method for Process Improvement) Appraisal services globally. The SCAMPISM helps an organization to gain insight into its process capability or organizational maturity by identifying strengths and weaknesses of its current processes relative to the CMMI®.

A SCAMPISM Appraisal determines the maturity of an organization's processes. It may also serve as a catalyst for initiating a continuous process improvement program.

Support Maintenance & Sustenance

Continuing to maintain process capability and organizational maturity requires constant and focused efforts such as refresher training, mentoring of new employees. APS provides cost-effective solutions that are tailored to meet the client's needs.

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Capability Maturity Model Integration® is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by Carnegie Mellon University. SCAMPISM and SCAMPI Lead AppraiserSM are service marks of Carnegie Mellon University.
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