What is CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration)

The management of the different processes within a company is a fundamental aspect in order to achieve the objectives. If a company is able to optimize its processes, it will achieve a greater speed of response to any change, improving decision-making and increasing its effectiveness.

Applying the Capability Maturity Model Integration you can qualify the maturity degree of the different processes of a company, and applying the good practices suggested by CMMI you can improve them.

What is Capability Maturity Model Integration

Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) is a model based on best practices for business process management. With this model, five models of maturity of a company and its processes are established, depending on a series of characteristics.

This rating grades the degrees of maturity from one to five and was initially applied in the software development industry, but given its success it has been applied in companies in other sectors.

What are the advantages of CMMI

By using CMMI a company can learn which specific elements need improvement and how to achieve that improvement. The main advantages of applying this model in a company are

    • improves communication (internal and external) by providing a common framework.
    • provides workers with a clear and global idea, allowing them to focus on their objectives.
    • increases the quality of products and services and reduces delivery times.
    • helps to reduce costs.
    • improves customer satisfaction.
    • It is a model that has many years of experience.

Scrum vs CMMI, ¿which to choose?

Many companies are considering whether to choose a CMMI model or apply an Agile Scrum methodology. There is a tendency to see both concepts as contrary and incompatible, perhaps because CMMI has been used for many years and the Agile methodology is more current and has had great impact on the current process management. However, many experts believe that both options can be compatible and applied in the same organization.

  • Scrum is based on an Agile methodology, dividing the work into small tasks or sprints with a short delivery time. CMMI, on the other hand, is not a methodology: it is a model that provides a series of good practices and that allows to assess the degree of maturity of the processes in particular and of the company in general.
  • With Scrum, priorities are established when executing the different processes. However, CMMI does not establish the order of execution (this is determined by the methodology used).
  • CMMI focuses on improving processes and measuring their efficiency while Scrum seeks the agility or speed of processes.
  • CMMI attaches importance to the working group, but places greater emphasis on having an appropriate system in place to improve processes. On its part, Scrum gives a primary role to the working group for process improvement.
  • Scrum puts customer relations and meeting customer needs at the top of its agenda, while CMMI relies on internal process improvement as the key to improving results.

CMMI offers a method for companies to evaluate and improve their business processes, with a strong emphasis on the use of good practices. Although they differ in some aspects with Agile Scrum, they have some points in common. Both give importance to process improvement, flexibility and pursue the same objectives.

Scrum is a methodology that focuses more on projects, while CMMI covers more the global scope of the company.

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