CMMI for Acquisition — CMMI-ACQ
- to avoid or eliminate barriers and problems in the acquisition process through improved operational efficiencies
- to initiate and manage a process for acquiring products and services, including solicitations, supplier sourcing, supplier agreement development and award, and supplier capability management
- to utilize a common language for both acquirers and suppliers so that quality solutions are delivered more quickly and at a lower costs with the most appropriate technology
CMMI-ACQ was developed at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie-Mellon University. It provides guidance for developing or improving processes that meet the business goals of an organisation.
CMMI-ACQ Process Areas
CMMI-ACQ is a variant of the existing CMMI-DEV that shares much of the existing model (approximately 70% commonality) but with several critical differences designed to address the role of the Acquiring organisation.
The six process areas that are specific to acquisition are
- Acquisition Requirements Development (ARD) — elicit, develop, and analyze customer and contractual requirements.
- Solicitation and Supplier Agreement Development (SSAD) — prepare a solicitation package, select one or more suppliers to deliver the product or service, and establish and maintain the supplier agreement.
- Agreement Management (AM) — ensure that the supplier and the acquirer perform according to the terms of the supplier agreement.
- Acquisition Technical Management (ATM) — evaluate the supplier's technical solution and to manage selected interfaces of that solution.
- Acquisition Verification (AVER) — ensure that selected work products meet their specified requirements.
- Acquisition Validation (AVAL) — demonstrate that an acquired product or service fulfills its intended use when placed in its intended environment.
Additionally, the model includes guidance on
- Acquisition Strategy
- Typical Supplier Deliverables
- Transition to operations and support
- Teams and teaming
The sixteen shared process areas include practices for project management, organisational process management, and infrastructure and support.
Process Maturity Levels