Overview of the CMMI®


Understand the relevance of the most popular model for process improvement and how it can benefit you and your organisation


The Software Engineering Institute's CMMI® (Capability Maturity Model Integration® for Systems Engineering / Software Engineering / Integrated Product and Process Development / Supplier Sourcing) is probably the world's most popular model for continuous process improvement.

In one form or another, it has been in use since 1987. Evidence collected from successive appraisals over 20 years demonstrates that the CMMI® has been successful in helping the software community to improve process maturity.

This tutorial provides an overview of the model. It includes a brief history of the development of the model, through to the latest versions, but is largely focused on the use of the model to achieve lasting performance improvement.

Course Topics

  • Purpose and Origin of the CMMI®
    What it is, why it was invented, where the ideas came from. The Design Authority.
  • The Improvement Cycle
    The Deming Cycle. The IDEAL Wheel. Process cf Product. Engelbart's view of work. Common and special causes of variation. Stabilisation then improvement.
  • The Structure of the CMMI®
    Maturity Levels. Process Areas. Special Goals and Practices. Generic Goals and Practices (common features).
  • The Five Process Area Groups
    Project Management. Support. Process Management. Engineering. Supplier Management.
  • Stabilising Basic Processes
    Maturity Level 1. Maturity Level 2. The essential Commitment Process
  • Improving on Secure Foundations
    Maturity Level 3. Maturity Levels 4 & 5. Integration, quantification and optimisation
  • Starting a Programme of Continuous Process Improvement
    Improving using Qualitative Appraisals, and Quantitative Benchmarks. CMMI® Appraisal Method. Why appraisals are effective.
  • Implementing a Programme of Continuous Process Improvement
    How to organise. The Process Quality Management Group. Process Action Teams. Implementing Change.
  • Sustaining Achievements
    Institutionalising a culture of improvement. The Senior Manager's Role.
  • The Benefits of Continuous Process Improvement
    Case studies. DOs and some DON'Ts
  • Enablers & Barriers Workshop
    Facilitated brainstorm to discuss process improvement in the participant's context


A half day overview. When presented as an in-house course it can be tailored to suite the needs of your organisation's specific audience.


In-house Courses £1000 GBP + VAT per in house half day session (up to 8 delegates)
Public Course £250 GBP + VAT per person (public seminar)

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half day overview

Intended Audience:

Anyone about to embark upon a programme of process improvement, including: managers, systems and software engineers, project support staff and personnel from departments such as marketing, sales, human resources, finance and business users.



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