CMMI Version 1.3 released by SEI, known as CMMI Product Suite Version 1.3

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Finally Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has release the updated version of CMMI i.e. CMMI Version 1.3. The new release contains the improvements in the complete product suite: CMMI for Development (CMMI-DEV), CMMI for Acquisition (CMMI-ACQ), and CMMI for Services (CMMI-SVC).“Current CMMI users will find familiar content in the new version. The linkage of organizational performance management to both current and future business objectives is stronger. The three constellations can easily be adopted, used, and appraised together or separately,” said Anita Carleton, director, SEI Software Engineering Process Management Program. “And both experienced and new users will find a leaner model with more clarity.”Changes in the CMMI Version 1.3 can be categorized in to the following types:

  1. More clarifications on High maturity concepts
  2. Commonality across the constellations i.e. CMMI for Development (CMMI-DEV), CMMI for Acquisition (CMMI-ACQ), and CMMI for Services (CMMI-SVC). In this material present in the common 16 PAs has been aligned to remove redundancy and to harmonize them.
  3. Improvement in the appraisal methodology i.e. SCAMPI
  4. Revision of related trainings offered by the SEI

The new CMMI Version 1.3 reflects the latest approaches to modern engineering along with Agile-method use, Lean Six Sigma, supplier agreement management, and organization training.The new model i.e. CMMI Version 1.3 incorporates the changes requested, suggested and observed by the users in government and industry. These changes have brought more harmonization to the three CMMI Constellations (CMMI for Development, Acquisition, and Services models).With the release of the new version CMMI Version 1.3, the CMMI Model document for two (out of three) constellations was reduced. CMMI Team was able to reduce the overall size of the CMMI for Development (CMMI-DEV) Model by 100 pages by clarifying and consolidating the practices. With this the latest iteration has become the most efficient model to be used by the CMMI Implementers.In the coming months, training for appraisers, team members and other training courses would be upgraded. This will also include Version 1.3 of the SCAMPI appraisal method.Upgrade trainings for CMMI Version 1.3 is available and required for appraisal team members (ATMs) who participate in high maturity appraisals, instructors, and lead appraisers. ATMs who will not participate in the high maturity appraisals will not be required to take the upgrade training unless their lead appraiser requires it.For details on the upgrade requirements for various roles (Appraisers, ATM and others) see the SEI website at http://www.sei.cmu.edu/cmmi/tools/cmmiv1-3/qualification.cfm.Latest information on the CMMI Version 1.3 can be accessed from the SEI website at http://www.sei.cmu.edu/cmmi/tools/cmmiv1-3/.

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