A capability level 3 process is characterized as a defined process.
A defined process is a managed process that is tailored from the organization’s set of standard processes according to the organization’s tailoring guidelines; has a maintained process description; and contributes process related assets to the organizational process assets.
A critical distinction between capability levels 2 and 3 is the scope of standards, process descriptions, and procedures. At capability level 2, the standards, process descriptions, and procedures can be quite different in each specific instance of the process (i.e., used by a particular work group). At capability level 3, the standards, process descriptions, and procedures for work are tailored from the organization’s set of standard processes to suit a particular work group or organizational unit and therefore are more consistent, except for the differences allowed by the tailoring guidelines.
Another critical distinction is that at capability level 3 processes are typically described more rigorously than at capability level 2. A defined process clearly states the purpose, inputs, entry criteria, activities, roles, measures, verification steps, outputs, and exit criteria. At capability level 3, processes are managed more proactively using an understanding of the interrelationships of the process activities and detailed measures of the process and its work products.
- GG 3 Institutionalize a Defined Process
- The process is institutionalized as a defined process.