CMMI – Capability Maturity Model Integration
Level 2 to Level 3

CMMI – Capability Maturity Model Integration Level 2 to Level 3

What CMMI is: A process improvement model that provides a set of industry-recognized practices to address productivity, performance, costs and stakeholder satisfaction in the systems engineering and software development process.

  • Helps your organization examine the effectiveness of your processes
  • Establishes priorities for improvement
  • Helps you implement these improvements

How CMMI is different: The CMMI provides an integrated, consistent, enduring framework for enterprise-wide process improvement and can accommodate new initiatives as future needs are identified. Unlike single-discipline or stove-pipe models that can result in confusion and higher costs when implemented together.

Who it is for: Those providing systems and software engineering products and services to organizations who transform customer needs expectations, and constraints into products, and supporting these products throughout their life. If you manufacture, code, analyze, maintain or document a product, you need this!

CMMI Maturity Levels:

A maturity level is a well-defined evolutionary plateau toward achieving a mature software process. Each maturity level provides a layer in the foundation for continuous process improvement.

In CMMI models with a staged representation, there are five maturity levels designated by the numbers 1 through 5 whereby 1 is the lowest level of maturity and 5 the highest. The five levels are actually:

  • Initial
  • Managed
  • Defined
  • Quantitatively Managed
  • Optimizing

The most typical sequence of events includes:

  • SCAMPI C Appraisal
  • Process Improvement Program Planning
  • CMMI Training
  • Design, Develop, and Deploy process architecture and components
  • Training in “techniques” (estimating, planning, code reviews, etc.)
  • Appraisal Planning
  • Readiness Review with go/no-go decision
  • SCAMPI Appraisal Team Training
  • SCAMPI B Appraisal
  • Performance Improvement Planning
  • Process “Tune-up”
  • Readiness Review
  • SCAMPI A Appraisal
  • Celebrate an awesome accomplishment!

SCAMPI Appraisals

Appraisals are designed to help your organization identify operational strengths and weaknesses. The formal method used to evaluate an organization’s performance is the Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI).

There are three “classes” of SCAMPI Appraisals – SCAMPI A, SCAMPI B, and SCAMPI C.

Most of our clients “cycle” through multiple appraisals, starting with SCAMPI C, as a way to mitigate risks and identify gaps, followed by a SCAMPI B “test run,” and then a SCAMPI A – the most rigorous class of appraisal and the only one that results in a formal CMMI Maturity Level or Capability Level Rating.


A SCAMPI A is the only class of appraisal that results in a “maturity” or “capability” rating.

Organizations wishing to attain a CMMI Rating (“Level”) must conduct a SCAMPI A Appraisal. A SCAMPI A is a team-based event which is led by an external “Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser” who has been certified by the CMMI Institute and Software Engineering Institute (SEI) to perform SCAMPI Appraisals.


A SCAMPI B is also a formal appraisal, though it does not result in a rating (or “level”). This appraisal serves as a rigorous risk management tool to give you the information you need to completely understand your current state relative to the CMMI. In particular, the SCAMPI B appraisal will provide you with enough data to determine whether you are likely to succeed in the formal SCAMPI A.


A SCAMPI C is primarily used as a “gap analysis” tool and does not result in a rating. It is a tremendously useful tool regardless of your desire to achieve a CMMI rating. The SCAMPI C is first and foremost a way for your company to find out how you stack up against the CMMI model and other companies that are using it.

CMMI Mini-Appraisal

A CMMI Mini-Appraisal is a low cost alternative when you are just looking for solid information about the process performance of your organization. It will give you the information you need to start improving – right away.

CMMI Micro-Assessment

Take our “CMMI Micro-Assessment” and find out where you stand!

  • More explicitly link their management and engineering activities to their business objectives
  • Expand their visibility into their product life cycle and engineering activities to ensure that their products and services meet customer expectations
  • Incorporate lessons learned from additional areas of best practice (e.g., measurement and risk management)
  • Implement more robust high-maturity practices
  • Address additional organizational functions critical to their products and services
  • More fully comply with relevant ISO and IT / ITES standards
TQM Value Proposition

Our Goal is to make the entire process of attaining ISO 9001 / ISO27001 / CMMI Compliance and Registration Faster, Simpler and Cost-Effective.We help organizations achieve this while they reap all benefits of a properly designed and executed Quality Management System (QMS)/ Information Security Management System (ISMS) / Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) System.

The key is to focus on simplicity and our unique ability to reconcile and align top-down business strategies with bottom-up project work flow. This allows you to utilize your resources fully and reduce wasted effort. Our comprehensive program helps businesses unlock the creativity and knowledge of all employees for effective "on the money" implementation and continual improvement.


Savvy business leaders know how to employ outside expertise to their advantage. TQM is a full service, hands-on quality consulting firm specialized in establishment, implementation and improvement of Quality Management System, Quality Auditing and Training. Our work provides the necessary information and insights that help you become a more profitable company and drive organizational health and effectiveness.

TQM’s custom-made services begin with a thorough understanding of your unique organization and its business objectives. TQM professionals have the hands-on experience and expertise to effectively coach your organization and to interpret the most appropriate standard processes for your application.

We have worked with a different type of industry clients, ranging from small to very large size and operating from one or multiple locations.

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