The Capability Maturity Model® Integration (CMMISM) Project is a joint Industry - Government - Software Engineering Institute collaborative effort to develop an enterprise-wide process improvement product suite based on existing capability models and methods. The Project is sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense as well as by the National Defense Industrial Association Systems Engineering Committee. The first completed CMMISM product suite was released to the public for adoption in December 2000. This paper will describe the origins and rationale for the CMMISM Project, providing significant and detailed background information as well as a snapshot of current status and future plans. It will highlight some of the documented benefits of Capability Maturity Models, with specific focus on software engineering since this is the discipline where the greatest savings have been documented as a result of implementation of process improvement in engineering development. The paper will describe the CMMISM product suite components, and delineats some of the anticipated benefits from CMMISM adoption. Finally, the paper will discuss the CMMISM Version 1.1 update.
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