Introduction to the CMM® Integrated - SE/SW/IPPD (staged)

This interactive workshop introduces the Staged Representation of the CMMIsm: the Capability Maturity Model® Integrated for Systems Engineering / Software Engineering / Integrated Product and Process Development.

This latest evolution of the Software Engineering Institute's popular model for process improvement is illustrated using Ken Dymond's latest pictograms and is brought alive by practical exercises based on experience obtained during appraisals and from implementing process improvement in industry.

Workshop Objectives

Participants in this event will:

  • Understand the benefit of a defined process and the rationale for process improvement
  • Comprehend the architecture of the CMMIsm - maturity levels, process areas, goals and generic and specific practices
  • Gain sufficient knowledge of process areas to function as an Appraisal Team Member
  • Be able to apply CMMIsm principles in organisations acquiring, developing or maintaining software as an integrated component of other products or services.


This workshop describes a framework that organisations can use to determine their ability to develop, enhance and support systems, services and products that contain, or heavily rely upon, software. It provides a model for organisational improvement. The workshop is composed of lectures and exercises performed as a class or in small groups. The public, residential, friendly and stimulating environment has been proved to encourage group investigation of the ideas discussed. It helps prepare participants to make valid judgements regarding an organisation's systems and software engineering practices and identifies issues that arise during improvement projects.

  • Overview of the CMMIsm
    What it is. Representation options. Why it was created. Who uses it. How it helps.
  • Engineering process maturity
    The principles of the CMMIsm
  • The five maturity levels
    The structure of the model. The levels, goals and generic practices
  • The twenty-four process areas
    The process areas that address project management, engineering, support, integrated product & process development and process management
  • Linking the process areas together
    How the process areas integrate and provide mutual support
  • Interpreting the model
    How to interpret and use the model in your specific circumstances
  • Applying the CMMIsm
    Using the model to achieve improved performance in your organisation
  • Providing organisational support
    How to support long-lived improvement, set up a suitable infrastructure, capitalise on 'lessons learned', use measurement as a driving force and provide effective feedback
  • Assessing process maturity
    Starting improvement. What is capability maturity appraisal? Why is it effective? How do evaluations and audits compare?
  • Summary
    Review, Conclusions and Action Plans.

Schedule and Course Work

This is a four day workshop.
     Day 1:  09:00  - 18:00
  Day 2-3:  08:30  - 18:00
  Day 4:  08:30  - 17:00

A pre-course exercise is dispatched with joining instructions. Some 'homework' or background reading tasks may be assigned on Days 1 - 3.


The Tutors

The lead presenter is Ken Dymond, of Process Transition International (PTI is an SEI Transition Partner). Ken, a respected SEI Lead Assessor, was a member of the project team that developed the original SEI Assessment Method and Project Leader of the SEI Industry Risk Management Project.

The course director is Grant Rule, a Founder of GIFPA, and an internationallly recognised expert on software measurement, process & performance improvement.

Ken and Grant have worked together as CMM® tutors since 1996.

Course Materials

Each participant receives a copy of:

  • Approximately 70 pictograms and diagrams by Ken Dymond illustrating how the components of the process areas fit and interact together
  • The CMMIsm for Systems Engineering / Software Engineering / Integrated Product and Process Development, Version 1.02 (Stage Representation) CMU/SEI-2000-TR- 030 Nov-2000 - a mammoth 688 pages
  • The SEI's Participant's Guide (Student Notebook) containing over 350 pages of slides and exercises
  • The GIFPA Participants Reference Manual with supplementary slides, explanatory text, guidelines, practical tips, exercises, solutions and case studies.

Who should attend?

This workshop builds on lessons learned delivering GIFPA-PTI's 'Using & Implementing the CMM®' course. It is strongly recommended for:

  • Senior Managers seeking performance improvement throughout their organisation
  • Project and QA Managers wishing to reduce risk and improve the predictability of project schedules and product quality
  • Staff assigned as Appraisal Team Members and staff of projects selected for appraisal
  • Anyone leading or participating in an improvement team, SEPG, process quality maturity group or process action team.


Participants should have some knowledge of software development or project management in a product or service oriented environment. Exposure to QC/QA, configuration management and basic management lore will prove useful.


This workshop includes material from the SEI's 'Introduction to the CMMIsm' course and is authorised by the Software Engineering Institute. Participants completing the course will receive a Certificate of Competence. The course can fulfil an SEI prerequisite for training Lead Assessors and Assessment Team Members in the CMMIsm-Based Appraisal Method.

CMM® and Capability Maturity Model® are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
CMMIsm is a service mark of Carnegie Mellon University.

More Information

Registration Forms

Public Course Schedule

Please refer to Using & Interpreting the CMMIsm in the Course Dates section of the Listings page for up to date listings of dates and venue.

In-House Training

This workshop and other CMMIsm related courses are available, world wide, for in-house training. Please contact us at the below address to discuss your training requirements.

This page was created on Friday, 21 September 2001

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