The main reason for implementing CMMI methodology is to improve the overall performance of an organization, department or project. A maturity model can be used as a benchmark for comparison and as an aid to understanding - for example, for comparative assessment of different organizations where there is something in common that can be used as a basis for comparison. CMMI therefore, can be used for assessing product/ service development, services management and product/ service acquisition.
When performance is improved, costs are lowered and delivery times are minimized. Customer satisfaction, quality and production are all improved as well. CMMI allows for costs to be reduced since it makes it possible to pinpoint where problems may be occurring and how the process can be enhanced in order to detect defects or potential problems early on. This also allows for costs of re-calls or re-work to be prevented. It makes the schedule more consistent and makes it easier to predict costs involved.
Delivery is an important aspect of all products and services. CMMI allows organizations to increase their consistency and allows for more predictable delivery times to be met. It is a huge advantage when organizations are considering implanting CMMI.
Organizations that use CMMI have the upper hand on competitors as well since it makes them stand out from their opponents. Its ability to improve performances significantly has made more companies aware of their need to implement this methodology. Organizations that have already chosen to incorporate CMMI into their companies have found that many competitors are finally learning that they need to adopt this methodology in order to grow as well.
An example of how highly regarded CMMI has become is that it is now a requirement that subcontractors working with the federal government, by coming up with solutions such as software, obtain CMMI or have a client cover it for them. It is required that those that deliver to the government must have CMMI involved in at least one stage of the entire process.
CMMI aims to increase performances of an organization whilst adhering to the original standards and procedures that are used, without changing them entirely. It aids organizations in enhancing their ability to deliver services or products in a consistent and predictable manner.
CMMI projects also share the structure of procedures, which guarantees that the optimal practices for an organization and distributed and implemented in such as way that is beneficial to the entire company. CMMI can be adjusted to provide a method for process improvement to a variety of settings in an organization and makes it possible for a business to reach its goals.
About the Author: Shruti Bhat PhD, MBA
Dr. Shruti Bhat is an award-winning Business Excellence Leader, Global Continuous Improvement Mastermind, Best-selling Author and Speaker. She is Continuous Improvement Advisor to several start-ups, mid-size and growing firms in Canada, USA, India, Africa and Emerging markets. She has authored eight business books and is an invited speaker at several national and international conferences, symposia and workshops.
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