Undoubtedly, there are numerous benefits for an organization from transitioning to CMMI. By implementing CMMI an organization balances productivity and processes and as the result of this, delivers better quality products and services. Here we discuss the stages of implementing CMMI L3 in an organization.
Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) is a framework for appraisal and training to achieve process improvement and is owned by the CMMI Institute, USA. CMMI is classified into five maturity levels that are further classified into process areas and again into Specific Practices. For achieving a particular CMMI maturity level, the organization should meet the requirements of all the process areas at that level and the levels below it. Hence, you can progress into higher levels only if you have been successfully assessed for levels below it.
Several industries across the world have adopted CMMI including the major organizations in countries like the USA, China, India, Australia, Egypt, Italy, and Russia. Adopting CMMI can bring significant benefits such as reduced costs, increased ROI, improved customer satisfaction, improved productivity, and timely delivery of the products and services.
Out of the five maturity levels, the most sought after are the level 2 and level 3. Here, let’s try to understand the significance of CMMI L3, the process areas involved, and the steps required to achieve CMMI L3.
CMMI Level 3 and its implementation
CMMI Maturity Level 3 is the “Defined” stage of the five Maturity Levels. It has eleven process areas consisting of Integrated Project Management (IPM), Decision Analysis and Resolution (DAR), Organizational Process Focus (OPF), Organizational Process Definition (OPD), Product Integration (RD), Risk Management (RSKM), Organizational Training (OT), Validation (VAL), Technical Solution (TS), and Verification (VER). When an organization is awarded CMMI L3 it means that its engineering processes comply with the requirements of these process areas.
The process of implementing CMMI L3 goes through the following stages.
- It begins by identifying the scope and performing the gap analysis. At this stage, a clear case for process improvement through CMMI is gathered that can be used to buy in the support of all the stakeholders.
- Form a Steering Committee to oversee the implementation and a Software Engineering Process Group that consists of subject matter experts from the various management and engineering domains to support the implementation.
- The next stage is to provide the staff with the required training for the transition and implementation.
The procedures are then developed, finalized, and implemented.
- The organization can now perform SCAMPI Class C followed by training the team for appraisals.
- After this, the SCAMPI Class B and SCAMPI Class A should be performed and the organization has to send the results to the CMMI Institute.
- Once the assessment is completed, the organization becomes a CMMI L3 organization.
SBL’s experience with CMMI L3 implementation
SBL has been re-assessed as CMMI L3 for the consistent quality that we have ensured in our processes and procedures. We have streamlined the entire product development cycle from design to development, implementation, and testing. There are proper validation strategies and effective risk management systems in place. The organizational level processes are well-established and we promote an environment of continuous learning within the organization.
By implementing CMMI L3 SBL demonstrated its adherence to the Maturity Level 2 process areas and Maturity Level 3 process areas. We follow the best practices in our product life cycle to improve the quality and ensure the timely delivery of services.
When you do business with SBL you can be assured of high service quality backed by our well-defined processes and procedures that meet the CMMI L3 standards. Continuous quality improvement is the motto that helps us to retain our excellence.