Reading Time: 4 minutes
The CMMI Model
Foundation (CMF) is a set of 16 process areas
and all generic goals and practices common to any CMMI
constellations and models.
In addition, the CMMI model foundation supports creating materials for training and appraisal
for the different kinds of CMMI models
CMMI Model Foundation — What is it?
CMMI Model Components
The Capability Maturity Model Integration
is a process framework to develop, optimise, and assess organisational processes.
CMMI models provide guidance to develop processes — they are not themselves processes or process descriptions — the actual processes used in an organisation depend on many factors, including application domain(s): and organisation structure and size. Rather, CMMI contains and is defined from a framework, the so-called CMMI Model Foundation (CMF).
This foundation is the common fundament of each CMMI model resp. each CMMI constellation. It is the core common to all constellations. It consists of 16 common process areas and all generic goals and practices.
Thus, CMMI models represent different fields of bodies of knowledge: systems engineering, software engineering, integrated product and process development, ITIL, CobIT, etc.
The CMF provides the ability to generate multiple models for specific application domains and associated training and appraisal materials.
Model components within the CMMI framework are divided into three categories:
- Required model components,
- Expected model components, and
- Informative model components.
In addition, the CMMI model foundation supports creating materials for training and appraisal for the different kinds of CMMI models.
Required Model Components — Goals and Practices
Required model components are goals which have to be achieved by all circumstances. These can be either specific or generic goals.
Specific goals and practices are specific to certain process areas. Generic goals and practices are a part of every process area.