Setting Up a CMMI Initiative
The implementation of the CMMI is a project, and as with any project it needs good planning and management to ensure its success. Once an organization makes a decision to embark on a CMMI initiative, a project manager needs to be appointed to manage the project. The CMMI project manager will treat the implementation as a standard project, and plans are made to implement the CMMI within the approved schedule and budget.
The improvement initiative will often consist of several improvement cycles, with each improvement cycle implementing one or more process areas. Small improvement cycles may be employed to implement findings from an appraisal or improvement suggestions from staff.
The various activities and teams required to set up a CMMI improvement initiative for an organization are discussed. These include the CMMI Steering Group, the SEPG team and process specific teams.