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What is CMMI, and Why it's important?
In the last few years, CMMI has acquired enormous importance as a quality system in the systems industry. CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration) describes the best practices, already applied in the industry, to develop, maintain and acquire products and services. It provides a framework that allows to assess the level of maturity in an organization or its capability in relation with the processes it performs, to set priorities in order to put into practice the improvements that have to be carried out and to realize those improvements.
There are 3 CMMI models, all of them developed by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). One of them, being the CMMI for Development is applied to the development and maintenance of products and services, regardless of the field or area of interest.
The main elements in the CMMI for Development model are Process Areas; within each Process Area, CMMI identifies a set of Specific and Generic Objectives, as well as a set of Practices for both management and engineering that should be implemented in order to achieve these Objectives and cover each of the Process Areas.
There are two process areas directly related to Requirements Engineering:
• Requirements Management (REQM)
• Requirements Development (RD)
Understanding CMMI Capability Models
CMMI Model considers 6 capability levels, which are cumulative and measurable for each process:
• Capability Level 0 (Incomplete): It is a process that is not performed or only partially performed. One or more Specific Objectives of the Process Area are not fulfilled.
• Capability Level 1 (Performed): It is an Incomplete process that satisfies all Specific Objectives in the Process Area.
• Capability Level 2 (Managed): It is a Performed process, that possesses the needed infrastructure to support process, so that the process is performed according to what is planned and defined in the organization policies, employing skilled people who possess the required knowledge, involving all relevant stakeholders, and monitoring, controlling and reviewing the process.
• Capability Level 3 (Defined): It is a Managed process that is tailored from the organization set of standard processes according to its tailor guides, and that contributes products, measures, etc. to the organization improvement.
• Capability Level 4 (Quantitatively Managed): It is a Defined process that is controlled using statistical techniques.
• Capability Level 5 (Optimizing): It is a Quantitatively Managed process that is improved through quantitative understanding of the causes of variation common to the process.
Increase Productivity, and Product Quality by Automating Your Process
Visure Requirements shares with CMMI this approach: requirements management is closely linked with requirements development.
A Requirements Engineering process supported by Visure includes not only activities specific to requirements management, such as the unambiguous identification of requirements, versioning, traceability, etc. but also others such as definition of business models and interfaces, and the identification of functionalities of the system to be developed.
The management of these activities within the same tool is a significant advantage as it helps participants in the project to maintain an overall, integrated vision of all activities as part of a cyclic and iterative process.
Implementing Visure Requirements ALM as a support for the implementation of CMMI has many benefits as it allows to automate part of the processes, ensuring fulfillment of processes even in moments of stress, such as it is required in the description of CMMI level 2 (Managed).
In fact, already in CMMI for Development level 2, among the resources considered as necessary to support the activities, as one of the “typical work products”, it is recommended to use a tool to monitor and trace requirements. The reason for this is that manual maintenance is so costly that the risk of abandoning best practice is very high if such a tool is not available.
For maturity level 3 (Defined), the organization must have general processes defined, which will be tailored to the different projects as needed. Also, these processes must be properly characterized, understood and described in standards, processes, tools and methods, providing templates to support process standardization.
Here, the use of Visure Requirements facilitates the implementation of requirements processes at level 3, as it helps to standardise and harmonise the application of processes along the company.
For maturity levels 4 (Quantitatively Managed) and 5 (Optimizing), it is necessary to identify the sub processes that make the most significant contribution to the general process, to be checked and managed using a set of statistical and quantitative techniques, which make it possible to improve the definition and implementation of processes in the organization.
It is also of interest here the use of a tool, as quantitative management is not possible without the storage of data that can subsequently be exploited for the calculation of metrics and the development of performance models or process behavioral models.
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