Category: CMMI


Adequate Adequate, appropriate, and as needed appear in CMMI to allow managers at all levels and practitioners to interpret the specific and generic goals and practices in light of the organization’s business objectives. For example, a Generic Practice for the process area of Risk Management states  “Provide adequate resources for performing the risk management process,…
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Alternative Practice

Alternative Practice A practice that is a substitute for one or more generic or specific practices contained in CMMI models that achieves an equivalent effect toward satisfying the generic or specific goal associated with model practices. Alternative practices are not necessarily one-for-one replacements for the generic or specific practices.


Baseline: The term baseline is normally used to denote such a reference point. A baseline is an approved snapshot of the system at appropriate points in the development life cycle. A baseline establishes a formal base for defining subsequent change. Without this line or reference point, the notion of change is meaningless. Línea de Base:…
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Business Objectives

Business Objectives: Senior-management-developed strategies designed to ensure an organization’s continued existence and enhance its profitability, market share, and other factors influencing the organization. Objetivos Comerciales Estrategias desarrolladas por la alta gerencia diseñadas para garantizar la existencia continua de una organización y mejorar su rentabilidad, participación de mercado y otros factores que influyen en el éxito de la…
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Capability Evaluation

Capability evaluation An appraisal by a trained team of professionals used as a discriminator to select suppliers, for contract monitoring, or for incentives. Evaluations are used to help decision makers make better acquisition decisions, improve subcontractor performance, and provide insight to a purchasing organization.

Capability Level

Capability Level Profile In the continuous representation, a list of process areas and their corresponding capability levels. The profile may be an achievement profile when it represents the organization’s progress for each process area while advancing through the capability levels. Or, the profile may be a target profile when it represents an objective for process…
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Modelo para la mejora y evaluación de procesos para el desarrollo, mantenimiento y operación de sistemas de software. Su desarrollo se inicia en los años 80 partiendo del principio de calidad, solvencia contrastada en la producción industrial: la calidad del resultado depende de la calidad de los procesos empleados en su construcción. CMMI: Since the CMMI…
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Configuration Management

Configuration Management A discipline applying technical and administrative direction and surveillance to: (1) identify and document the functional and physical characteristics of a configuration item (2) control changes to those characteristics (3) record and report change processing and implementation status, and (4) verify compliance with specified requirements. [IEEE Std 610.1990]


Customer A customer is the individual, project, organization, group, and so forth that is responsible for accepting the product or for authorizing payment. The customer is external to the project but not necessarily external to the organization. The term customer also serves as a variable when we discuss requirements gathering or elicitation.

Directing Implementation

Directing Implementation A common feature of CMMI model process areas with a staged representation that groups the generic practices related to managing the performance of the process, managing the integrity of its work products, and involving relevant stakeholders. Implementación de la Dirección Una característica común de las áreas de proceso del modelo CMMI con una representación por…
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Discipline Amplification

Discipline Amplification Model components that provide guidance for interpreting model information for specific disciplines (e.g., systems engineering, or software engineering) are called “DISCIPLINE AMPLIFICATIONS.” Discipline amplifications are added to other model components where necessary. These are easy to locate because they appear on the right side of the page and have a title indicating the…
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Enterprise: Enterprise is used to refer to very large companies that consist of many organizations in many different locations with different customers. Enterprise: Enterprise se usa para referirse a compañías muy grandes que consisten en muchas organizaciones en diferentes ubicaciones con diferentes clientes.

Equivalent Staging

Equivalent Staging: Equivalent staging is a target staging, created using the continuous representation that is defined so that the results of using the target staging can be compared to the maturity levels of the staged representation. Estadificación Equivalente: La estadificación equivalente es una estadificación objetivo, creada mediante la representación continua que se define para que los…
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