Summary

At maturity level 3, acquirers use defined processes for managing projects and suppliers.

Description

They embed tenets of project management and acquisition best practices, such as integrated project management and acquisition technical management, into the standard process set. The acquirer verifies that selected work products meet their requirements and validates products and services to ensure they meet the needs of the customer and end user. These processes are well characterized and understood and are described in standards, procedures, tools, and methods. The organization’s set of standard processes, which is the basis for maturity level 3, is established and improved over time. These standard processes are used to establish consistency across the organization. Projects establish their defined processes by tailoring the organization’s set of standard processes according to tailoring guidelines. (See the definition of “organization’s set of standard processes” in the glossary.) A critical distinction between maturity levels 2 and 3 is the scope of standards, process descriptions, and procedures. At maturity level 2, the standards, process descriptions, and procedures can be quite different in each specific instance of the process (e.g., on a particular project). At maturity level 3, the standards, process descriptions, and procedures for a project are tailored from the organization’s set of standard processes to suit a particular project or organizational unit and therefore are more consistent except for the differences allowed by the tailoring guidelines. Another critical distinction is that at maturity level 3, processes are typically described more rigorously than at maturity level 2. A defined process clearly states the purpose, inputs, entry criteria, activities, roles, measures, verification steps, outputs, and exit criteria. At maturity level 3, processes are managed more proactively using an understanding of the interrelationships of process activities and detailed measures of the process, its work products, and its services. At maturity level 3, the organization further improves its processes that are related to the maturity level 2 process areas. Generic practices associated with generic goal 3 that were not addressed at maturity level 2 are applied to achieve maturity level 3.

Contains

Acquisition Technical Management (ATM) (CMMI-ACQ)
The purpose of Acquisition Technical Management (ATM) (CMMI-ACQ) is to evaluate the supplier’s technical solution and to…
Acquisition Validation (AVAL) (CMMI-ACQ)
The purpose of Acquisition Validation (AVAL) (CMMI-ACQ) is to demonstrate that an acquired product or service fulfills i…
Acquisition Verification (AVER) (CMMI-ACQ)
The purpose of Acquisition Verification (AVER) (CMMI-ACQ) is to ensure that selected work products meet their specified …
Decision Analysis and Resolution (DAR) (CMMI-ACQ)
The purpose of Decision Analysis and Resolution (DAR) (CMMI-ACQ) is to analyze possible decisions using a formal evaluat…
Integrated Project Management (IPM) (CMMI-ACQ)
The purpose of Integrated Project Management (IPM) (CMMI-ACQ) is to establish and manage the project and the involvement…
Organizational Process Definition (OPD) (CMMI-ACQ)
The purpose of Organizational Process Definition (OPD) (CMMI-ACQ) is to establish and maintain a usable set of organizat…
Organizational Process Focus (OPF) (CMMI-ACQ)
The purpose of Organizational Process Focus (OPF) (CMMI-ACQ) is to plan, implement, and deploy organizational process im…
Organizational Training (OT) (CMMI-ACQ)
The purpose of Organizational Training (OT) (CMMI-ACQ) is to develop skills and knowledge of people so they can perform …
Risk Management (RSKM) (CMMI-ACQ)
The purpose of Risk Management (RSKM) (CMMI-ACQ) is to identify potential problems before they occur so that risk handli…