Software maturity models get closer look

Software maturity models get closer look

A federally funded software R&D shop today begins evaluating agency and vendor feedback about replacing the software Capability Maturity Model for continuous process improvement, which dates back to 1987.

The feedback from Web questionnaires, circulating since May, details advantages and drawbacks of replacing the software CMM with Version 1.1 of the Capability Maturity Model Integration for systems and software engineering, developed by the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

SEI has been urging users to adopt CMMI for several months, because support for the older CMM model will end this year.

'We'd like to sunset CMM,' said Mary Beth Chrissis, who leads the SEI project that will write interpretive guidance for CMMI.

SEI has been holding workshops and presentations on the planned CMMI guidance. It has received about 1,000 responses from agencies including the Army, Air Force, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Defense Logistics Agency, General Services Administration and Marine Corps.

Starting in September, SEI will hold detailed interviews with respondents that raised concerns about the model shift. 'We wanted to make sure we address where CMM did a better job,' Chrissis said.

A preliminary report should be ready by early October, she said. Users who still want to fill out the online questionnaire before the research group wraps up that phase can send e-mail to for more information.

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