Organizational process assets enable consistent
process performance across the organization and provide a basis for
cumulative, long-term benefits to the organization. (See the definition of
“organizational process assets” in the glossary.)
The organization’s “process asset library” is a
collection of items maintained by the organization for use by the
organization’s people and projects. This collection of items includes
descriptions of processes and process elements, descriptions of lifecycle
models, process tailoring guidelines, process-related documentation, and
data. The organization’s process asset library supports organizational
learning and process improvement by allowing the sharing of best practices
and lessons learned across the organization.
The organization’s “set of standard processes”
is tailored by projects to create their defined processes. Other
organizational process assets are used to support tailoring and
implementing defined processes. Work environment standards are used to
guide the creation of project work environments.
A “standard process” is composed of other
processes (i.e., subprocesses) or process elements. A “process element” is
the fundamental (i.e., atomic) unit of process definition that describes
activities and tasks to consistently perform work. The process
architecture provides rules for connecting the process elements of a
standard process. The organization’s set of standard processes may include
multiple process architectures.
(See the definitions of “standard process,”
“process architecture,” “subprocess,” and “process element” in the
|Organizational process assets may be
organized in many ways, depending on the implementation of the
Organizational Process Definition process area. Examples include the
- Descriptions of lifecycle
models may be part of the organization’s set of standard processes
or they may be documented separately.
- The organization’s set of
standard processes may be stored in the organization’s process
asset library or it may be stored separately.
- A single repository may
contain both measurements and process-related documentation or
they may be stored