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CMMI Maturity Level 3 is one of five “Maturity Levels” in the CMMI. Known as the “Defined” level, CMMI Level 3 is achieved when an organization successfully completes a SCAMPI A appraisal, which verifies that the organization is operating at Level 3. This means that organization’s engineering processes are defined for process areas such as Decision Analysis and Resolution, Integrated Project Management, Organizational Process Definition, Organizational Training, etc. (see the bulleted list below).
Rating for Maturity Levels are awarded for levels 2 through 5. Note that the CMMI is not intended as a ranking system, however. The CMMI is a model that guides us on how to be a great products and engineering company. There is no inherent competitive advantage to being Maturity Level 5 (“Optimizing”), for example, instead of Maturity Level 2 (“Repeatable”) or 3. But there is tremendous value in being a better organization.
How popular is CMMI Level 3 compared to other Maturity Levels?
As shown in the graph below, the vast majority of companies working with CMMI today are at CMMI Maturity Level 3 (“Defined”). This data was recently released by the CMMI Institute, and is contained within their March 2013 Maturity Profile Report. The online version of the report is available here.
This data is consistent with our experience here at Broadsword. The majority of companies that reach out to us for assistance adopting the CMMI are in need of Maturity Level 2 or Maturity Level 3, though they may not realize this initially. A question we often hear is “Should we go to Level 5?”
For companies new to the CMMI, this is the wrong question. A better question is “Should we become a great company?” And the answer to that is YES! You may achieve Maturity Level 2 or Maturity Level 3 as a great company, and you may achieve something higher. But either way, we encourage engineering and software executives to focus on being a great company, not on levels.
Maturity Level 3 in CMMI for Development – Defined
The process areas below are listed for the CMMI for Development model, Maturity Level 3:
- DAR – Decision Analysis and Resolution
- IPM – Integrated Project Management
- OPD – Organizational Process Definition
- OPF – Organizational Process Focus
- OT – Organizational Training
- PI – Product Integration
- RD – Requirements Development
- RSKM – Risk Management
- TS – Technical Solution
- VAL – Validation
- VER – Verification
Contact Broadsword Solutions for more information about CMMI Maturity Level 2 and CMMI Maturity Level 3, and leveraging the CMMI to put your company on the path to greatness.