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Technical Report

Capability Maturity Model for Software (Version 1.1)

  • Abstract

    In November 1986, the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) with assistance from the Mitre began developing a process maturity framework that would assist organizations in improving their software process. This effort was initiated in response to a request to provide the federal government with a method for assessing the capability of their software contractors. In September 1987, the SEI released a brief description of the process maturity framework and a maturity questionnaire (CMU/SEI-87-TR-023). The SEI intended the maturity questionnaire to provide a simple tool for identifying areas where an organization's software process needed improvement. Unfortunately, the questionnaire was too often regarded as "the model" rather than as a vehicle for exploring process maturity issues. 

    After four years of experience with the software process maturity framework and the preliminary version of the maturity questionnaire, the SEI has evolved the software process maturity framework into a fully defined model. 

    This model will be used in a systematic, principled way to derive a maturity questionnaire. By fully elaborating the maturity framework, a model has emerged that provides organizations with more effective guidance for establishing process improvement programs than was offered by the maturity questionnaire. Using knowledge acquired from software process assessments and extensive feedback from both industry and government, an improved version of the process maturity framework has been produced called the Capability Maturity Model for Software (CMM). This paper is an introduction to the revised model.

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SEI

Paulk, Mark; Curtis, William; Chrissis, Mary Beth; & Weber, Charles. Capability Maturity Model for Software (Version 1.1). CMU/SEI-93-TR-024. Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 1993. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11955

IEEE

Paulk. Mark, Curtis. William, Chrissis. Mary Beth, and Weber. Charles, "Capability Maturity Model for Software (Version 1.1)," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-93-TR-024, 1993. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11955

APA

Paulk, Mark., Curtis, William., Chrissis, Mary Beth., & Weber, Charles. (1993). Capability Maturity Model for Software (Version 1.1) (CMU/SEI-93-TR-024). Retrieved August 28, 2016, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11955

CHI

Mark Paulk, William Curtis, Mary Beth Chrissis, & Charles Weber. Capability Maturity Model for Software (Version 1.1) (CMU/SEI-93-TR-024). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1993. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11955

MLA

Paulk, Mark., Curtis, William., Chrissis, Mary Beth., & Weber, Charles. 1993. Capability Maturity Model for Software (Version 1.1) (Technical Report CMU/SEI-93-TR-024). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11955

BibTex

@techreport{PaulkCapabilityMaturity1993,
title={Capability Maturity Model for Software (Version 1.1)},
author={Mark Paulk and William Curtis and Mary Beth Chrissis and Charles Weber},
year={1993},
number={CMU/SEI-93-TR-024},
institution={Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University},
address={Pittsburgh, PA},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11955} }