Summary

At maturity level 3, processes are well characterized and understood, and are described in standards, procedures, tools, and methods.

Description

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 glossary for a definition of “organization’s set of standard processes.”) 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 may 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 the process activities and detailed measures of the process, its work products, and its services. At maturity level 3, the organization must further mature the maturity level 2 process areas. The generic practices associated with generic goal 3 that were not addressed at maturity level 2 are applied to achieve maturity level 3.

Contains

Requirements Development (RD) (CMMI-DEV)
The purpose of Requirements Development (RD) (CMMI-DEV) is to elicit, analyze, and establish customer, product, and prod…
Technical Solution (TS) (CMMI-DEV)
The purpose of Technical Solution (TS) (CMMI-DEV) is to select, design, and implement solutions to requirements. Solutio…
Product Integration (PI) (CMMI-DEV)
The purpose of Product Integration (PI) (CMMI-DEV) is to assemble the product from the product components, ensure that t…
Verification (VER) (CMMI-DEV)
The purpose of Verification (VER) (CMMI-DEV) is to ensure that selected work products meet their specified requirements.
Validation (VAL) (CMMI-DEV)
The purpose of Validation (VAL) (CMMI-DEV) is to demonstrate that a product or product component fulfills its intended u…
Organizational Process Focus (OPF) (CMMI-DEV)
The purpose of Organizational Process Focus (OPF) (CMMI-DEV) is to plan, implement, and deploy organizational process im…
Organizational Process Definition (OPD) (CMMI-DEV)
The purpose of Organizational Process Definition (OPD) (CMMI-DEV) is to establish and maintain a usable set of organizat…
Organizational Training (OT) (CMMI-DEV)
The purpose of Organizational Training (OT) (CMMI-DEV) is to develop skills and knowledge of people so they can perform …
Integrated Project Management (IPM) (CMMI-DEV)
The purpose of Integrated Project Management (IPM) (CMMI-DEV) is to establish and manage the project and the involvement…
Risk Management (RSKM) (CMMI-DEV)
The purpose of Risk Management (RSKM) (CMMI-DEV) is to identify potential problems before they occur so that risk handli…
Decision Analysis and Resolution (DAR) (CMMI-DEV)
The purpose of Decision Analysis and Resolution (DAR) (CMMI-DEV) is to analyze possible decisions using a formal evaluat…