A Guide to the CMM

Understanding the Capability Maturity Model for Software

Picture of Book CoverKenneth M. Dymond

Process Transition International, Inc.

ISBN 0-9646008-0-3

Wirebound Softback Format

Price £23.50 (GBP)

(£28.00 GBP for Una Guia del CMM)


A Guide to the CMM is an easy-to-use handbook to help you interpret the Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Model for Software or the CMM - the widely-used standard for implementing your software process for continuous improvement. The CMM is written in abstract terms in order to apply to the most general cases of software practice. The Guide makes the CMM much more accessible to those who wish to understand and study its concepts. The Guide's unique, informal pictograms and clear discussions help you synthesise over 350 pages of the CMM's complex material on 316 software practices.

The book and Ken's training course have proved so popular in France and Spain that the book has been translated into both languages. Contact our Bookshop for price, availability and to order the French language version and the Spanish language version.

See also:

Table of Contents and Extracts from the book.

Assessment Coordinator's Handbook also by Ken Dymond.


A recognised authority on process improvement methods and the Capability Maturity Model, Ken Dymond worked with Watts Humphrey (author of Managing the Software Process) and other members of the Software Engineering Institute's Process Program developing the SEI's assessment method now in use worldwide. He also led SEI's Industry Risk Management project and brought the collaborative features of process assessment to systematic risk identification. He holds a master's degree in computer science from George Washington University

With over 25 years in software engineering, process improvement, risk assessment, training and action planning, he has provided process assessment and support for government agencies and major companies in North America and Europe. He has given talks and public tutorials on the CMM, process improvement, and technology transfer on two continents, and was recently appointed to the Industry Advisory Board for IEEE Software magazine

He has been using the CMM, in all its forms, since 1988 in assessments and with action planning groups and is the principal author and developer of Process Transition International, Inc. CMM training seminar.

About Process Transition International, Inc.

To find out more about Ken Dymond and Process Transition International, Inc. check out their Web Site at www.processtransition.com or contact by e-mail at spi@processtransition.com

Related Training Courses

Using and Interpreting the SEI's CMM presented by Ken Dymond and our own Grant Rule. This is a 4 day interactive workshop, held at Gatwick, London, England. See the Public Training Course schedule for dates.

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