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CMMI - Summary of what's new compared with CMM

The following points will help answering subjective question if it appeared. Try to find more details on the 7 points below.

CMMI is here and gradually gaining

momentum. The sunset period for  SW-CMM ends in Dec. 2003

  1. CMMI Level 2 :One new process area
  2. CMMI Level 3 :  Seven new process areas, two dropped
  3. Staged  Representation : All PA at one maturity level
  4. Continuous Representation :Select PA and capability level
  5. Assessments Classes A, B & C : Initial, Incremental & Final
  6. Education : SCAMPI assessor and CMMI instructor
  7. Opportunity: Study, plan,
    evaluate, commit, deploy

CMMI Levels: -

· Initial :The software process is characterized as ad hoc.
Few processes are defined, and success depends on individual effort and heroics

· Repeatable: Basic project management processes are established to track cost, schedule, and functionality. The necessary process discipline is in place to repeat earlier successes on projects with similar

· Defined: The software process for both management and engineering activities is documented, standardized, and integrated into a standard software process for the organization. All projects use an approved,
tailored version of the organization's standard software process for developing and maintaining software

· Managed: Detailed measures of the software process and product quality are collected. Both the software process and products are quantitatively understood and controlled

· Optimizing: Continuous process improvement is enabled
by quantitative feedback from the process and from piloting innovative ideas and


unna's picture

Can you tell me the comparison between QAI,CMM and ISO models?


admin's picture

Hi Unna The most complete and official comparision of CMM & ISO can be found at


 However it is a huge document... If you can extract few points and post it here it would be good.

unna's picture

Hi, This does not give me the comparision of QAI model, CMM & ISO.Correct me if i am wrong. I have a few files that give me the comparision of CMM & ISO. Sure i ll post them. Thanks Unna

unna's picture

Do you have any documents on "why companies use quality models"?

csqa's picture

That answer is there in CBOK. Chapter on Quality models  , Page 3-1


To satisfy business goals and objectives

 Requirements are imposed by customers

For competitive reasons

As a guide for continous improvement

unna's picture

I also went through the Cbok. Just thought if you could give me some additional points.

csqa's picture

If you elaborate on these points, it should be sufficient for 7 marks.

You can explain by taking an example in each case. or cases that apply.

madhusounder's picture

Hi Unna,
Please can you post me the comparision of QAI model, CMM & ISO.

bhuvanesh_singh's picture

hi, everybody is talking about CBOk, but where do yuo get it, the QAI is very costly for an indian to buy, 100$ , do we have an Low price edition for India.
Where do i get the book in India?? , anything will do,
hard copy, soft copy, online . Do plz tell me the path, book store to find CBOK.

admin's picture

You have to order it via QAI. Most MNC companies have it in library. Check with your company or your friends