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Self-Assessment and the CMMI-AM—A Guide for Government Program Managers

  • 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

    Use of capability maturity models has become commonplace among software development organizations, especially defense contractors. Government program offices, however, have lagged behind contractors in implementing their own process improvement programs. The difference in relative maturity between program offices and contractors sometimes makes it difficult for program offices to adequately gauge the state of their programs. In 2004, the Office of the Secretary of Defense announced the creation of the CMMI Acquisition Module (CMMI-AM). The module aids program offices in developing a level of parity with their suppliers in terms of process maturity. 

    The first step in any process improvement endeavor is to determine the baseline state. A program office can undergo an external appraisal, but generally that is not a cost-effective solution for an organization that is still a novice in process improvement. For organizations with little process improvement experience, a better choice is to begin with a self-assessment. 

    This guide provides program managers with general information about the CMMI-AM, details about the self-assessment technique, and the questions used in a self-assessment. After reading this guide, program managers can evaluate whether a self-assessment fits their needs, and if so, conduct one.

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SEI

Blanchette, Jr., Stephen; & Keeler, Kristi. Self-Assessment and the CMMI-AM—A Guide for Government Program Managers. CMU/SEI-2005-TN-004. Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 2005. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7383

IEEE

Blanchette, Jr.. Stephen, and Keeler. Kristi, "Self-Assessment and the CMMI-AM—A Guide for Government Program Managers," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2005-TN-004, 2005. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7383

APA

Blanchette, Jr., Stephen., & Keeler, Kristi. (2005). Self-Assessment and the CMMI-AM—A Guide for Government Program Managers (CMU/SEI-2005-TN-004). Retrieved March 27, 2017, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7383

CHI

Stephen Blanchette, Jr., & Kristi Keeler. Self-Assessment and the CMMI-AM—A Guide for Government Program Managers (CMU/SEI-2005-TN-004). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7383

MLA

Blanchette, Jr., Stephen., & Keeler, Kristi. 2005. Self-Assessment and the CMMI-AM—A Guide for Government Program Managers (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2005-TN-004). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7383

BibTex

@techreport{BlanchetteSelfAssessmentand2005,
title={Self-Assessment and the CMMI-AM—A Guide for Government Program Managers},
author={Stephen Blanchette, Jr. and Kristi Keeler},
year={2005},
number={CMU/SEI-2005-TN-004},
institution={Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University},
address={Pittsburgh, PA},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7383} }