You must make three selections to apply CMMI to
your organization for process improvement:
- Select a part of the
- Select a model.
- Select a representation.
Selecting the projects to be involved in your
process improvement program is critical. If you select a group that is too
large, it may be too much for the initial improvement effort. The
selection should also consider how homogeneous the group is (i.e., whether
the groupís members all are experts in the same discipline, whether they
all work on the same product or business line, and so on).
The process of selecting the representation to
be used has some guidelines because of how CMMI models are built. If your
organization likes the idea of maturity levels and the staged
representation, your improvement roadmap is already defined. If your
organization likes the continuous representation, you can select nearly
any process area or group of process areas to guide improvement, although
dependencies among process areas should be considered when making such a
As the process improvement plans and activities
progress, other important selections must be made, including which
appraisal method should be used, which projects should be appraised, how
training for personnel should be secured, and which personnel should be