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Understanding and Leveraging a Supplier’s CMMI Efforts: A Guidebook for Acquirers (Revised for V1.3)

September 2011 Technical Report
Lawrence T. Osiecki, Mike Phillips, John Scibilia

This guidebook helps acquisition organizations formulate questions for their suppliers related to CMMI. It also helps organizations interpret responses to identify and evaluate risks for a given supplier.

Publisher:

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number

CMU/SEI-2011-TR-023

Subjects

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

This guidebook is designed to help acquisition organizations formulate questions for their suppliers related to using CMMI. It also helps organizations identify and evaluate risks in supplier processes by explaining how to gather and interpret supplier data throughout the acquisition and then to effectively monitor supplier processes after contract award.

This guidebook helps clarify what high capability and maturity level ratings signify in a development program and describes how acquirers can apply methods that leverage a supplier’s process improvement initiatives; request, understand, interpret, and use supplier appraisal results; and interpret suppliers’ claims of achieving a CMMI rating.