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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