capability maturity model

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Capability Maturity Model definition

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(CMM) The Software Engineering Institute's model of software engineering that specifies five levels of maturity of the processes of a software organisation. CMM offers a framework for evolutionary process improvement. Originally applied to software development (SE-CMM), it has been expanded to cover other areas including Human Resources and Software Acquitition.
The levels - focii - and key process areas are:
Level 1 Initial - Heroes - None.
Level 2 Repeatable - Project Management - Software Project Planning, Software Project Tracking and Oversight, Software Subcontract Management, Software Quality Assurance, Software Configuration Management, Requirements Management.
Level 3 Defined - Engineering Process - Organisation Process Focus, Organisation Process Definition, Peer Reviews, Training Program, Inter-group Coordination, Software Product Engineering, Integrated Software Management.
Level 4 Managed - Product and Process Quality - Software Quality Management, Quantitative Process Management.
Level 5 Optimising - Continuous Improvement - Process Change Management, Technology Change Management, Defect Prevention.
(http://www.sei.cmu.edu/cmm/cmm.html).
(2001-04-28)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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