Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)

What is CMMI?

The Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)® is a proven set of global best practices that drives business performance through building and benchmarking key capabilities.

Originally created for the U.S. Department of Defense to assess the quality and capability of their software contractors, CMMI models have expanded beyond software engineering to help any organization in any industry build, improve, and measure their capabilities and improve performance.

For over 25 years, high-performing organizations around the world have achieved demonstrable, sustainable business results with CMMI.

Why build Capability?

 of businesses say building capability is among their top three priorities.

of organizations struggle to bridge the gap between strategy, formulation, and implementation because they lack capabilities.

of S&P’s current firms will be replaced by 2027 because they can’t identify and develop capabilities.

CMMI Capability Areas

CMMI V2.0 is one model with multiple customized views that apply to different business environments, enabling organizations to create a view of the model that meets their specific performance improvement needs. Learn more about the following views of the V2.0 model:

CMMI Development

CMMI Services

CMMI Supplier Management

This online tool allows users to browse the model, download sections, and view context-specific content.

What is an Appraisal?

An appraisal is an activity that helps you to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your organization’s processes and to examine how closely the processes relate to CMMI best practices.

Many organizations find value in measuring their capability and performance by conducting an appraisal to identify and prioritize their business improvement efforts and eventually earning a benchmark maturity level or a capability level achievement.

Appraisals are typically conducted to:

  • Determine how well the organization’s processes compare to CMMI best practices, and identify areas where improvement can be made.
  • Inform external customers and suppliers about how well the organization’s processes compare to CMMI best practices.
  • Meet customer contractual requirements.

     Benefits of an Appraisal

Appraisal activities can help organizations at any stage of their CMMI adoption and are proven to enable more rapid and effective improvement efforts. The CMMI Appraisal Method is designed to support your CMMI journey as a proven best practice to ensure the most efficient and effective improvement results. They provide reliable, clear, consistent, and actionable focus on performance improvements that will have the most impact on the business and help build and improve capability.

An appraisal enables your organization to:

  • Plan for an improvement strategy for your organization to prioritize the most important business performance improvement.
  • Mitigate risks for product and service acquisition, development, delivery, and monitoring.
  • Demonstrate to customers and business partners the soundness of your processes by having your appraisal results available on the Published Appraisal Results (PARS)
  • Determine the CMMI levels that represent how well your organization’s processes conform to the CMMI.


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