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White Paper

Upgrading from SW-CMM to CMMI

  • February 2004
  • This whitepaper shows how organizations can promptly move from a maturity level of the SW-CMM to the corresponding maturity level of CMMI.
  • CMMI
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • Please note that current and future CMMI research, training, and information has been transitioned to the CMMI Institute, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Abstract

    Hundreds of organizations are upgrading to the CMMI Product Suite worldwide, including those in North America, Europe, India, Australia, Asia Pacific, and the Far East. By the end of 2002, over 7000 people had attended the Introduction to CMMI course offered by the SEI and the SEI Partner Network, 461 had attended the CMMI Intermediate Concepts course (a prerequisite for CMMI Instructor and SCAMPI Lead Appraiser training), 140 instructors had been trained to teach the Introduction to CMMI course, over 160 SCAMPI Lead Appraisers had become authorized, and all SCAMPI Lead Appraisers had upgraded to CMMI Version 1.1.

    Compared to the early adoption of the SW-CMM, the adoption of CMMI has been more rapid by both industry and government. Many organizations are finding that upgrading from SW-CMM to CMMI-based process improvement is straightforward because implementing CMMI builds on their knowledge of the SW-CMM. Organizations can promptly move from a maturity level of the SW-CMM to the corresponding maturity level of CMMI.

    The CMMI Product Suite is the future of process improvement. In particular, the CMMI models and SCAMPI appraisal method are world class. CMMI models are the most comprehensive process improvement models available for product and service development and maintenance. They build on and extend the best practices of the SW-CMM and other process improvement models. SCAMPI is the most comprehensive appraisal method available. It combines, builds on, and improves the CBA IPI and SCE methods, which became trustworthy and reliable from years of use with the SW-CMM and other process improvement models. SCAMPI builds on other appraisal methods and experiences as well.

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