• List Price: $64.99
  • Save: $15.08 (23%)
Usually ships within 1 to 3 weeks.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
CMMI(R) for Outsourcing: ... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Ships direct from Amazon! Qualifies for Prime Shipping and FREE standard shipping for orders over $25. Overnight and 2 day shipping available!
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

CMMI(R) for Outsourcing: Guidelines for Software, Systems, and IT Acquisition (SEI Series in Software Engineering) Paperback – March 26, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0321787620 ISBN-10: 0321787625 Edition: 1st

Buy New
Price: $49.91
13 New from $24.99 26 Used from $0.01
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
$24.99 $0.01
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student

Get Up to 80% Back When You Sell Us Your Books
$49.91 FREE Shipping. Usually ships within 1 to 3 weeks. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Shop the New Digital Design Bookstore
Check out the Digital Design Bookstore, a new hub for photographers, art directors, illustrators, web developers, and other creative individuals to find highly rated and highly relevant career resources. Shop books on web development and graphic design, or check out blog posts by authors and thought-leaders in the design industry. Shop now

Product Details

  • Series: SEI Series in Software Engineering
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (March 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321787625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321787620
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,494,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

"By following the guidance contained in [the CMMI-ACQ and this book], you'll be able to build an organic acquisition capability that will position your organization to successfully set the scope of engagements with suppliers, keep suppliers and in-house users focused on a common picture of success, and deliver capabilities that will position your organization as a leader in your market or mission for years to come."
--From the Foreword by Brian Gallagher
Director, Acquisition Program, Software Engineering Institute

Increasingly, both commercial and government organizations are acquiring key software, systems, and IT functions instead of building them. Yet all too often, the technology solutions they purchase cannot be sustained successfully. Now there is a comprehensive solution: the CMMI for Acquisition (CMMI-ACQ) model, which connects the widely adopted CMMI 1.2 framework with established industry best practices for acquisition and outsourcing.

This book is a practical introduction to the initial CMMI-ACQ and its use in all phases of technology acquisition. Developed under the leadership of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and General Motors (GM), the CMMI-ACQ combines CMMI's successful process discipline with techniques proven to work in GM's own extensive outsourcing program. Reflecting the unique insights of key players in the development and early implementation of the CMMI-ACQ, the book covers the entire acquisition project lifecycle, presenting real-world stories as they might occur in your own organizations, insider experiences, tips, tricks, and pitfalls to avoid.

The topics discussed here include: determining when outsourcing is and is not appropriate; developing acquisition strategies and aligning organizational structure with them; capturing accurate requirements; specifying realistic design constraints; writing effective RFPs; selecting, managing, and collaborating with suppliers; negotiating contracts; managing risk; and "measuring for success."

CMMI for Outsourcing® will be valuable to any organization that wants to achieve better results from technology acquisition. It will be especially helpful to organizations already involved with CMMI-related process improvement and to companies that partner with them.

About the Author

Hubert F. Hofmann, PMP, and Deborah K. Yedlin were members of General Motors' (GM's) global systems development organization during the preparation of this book and were among the principal authors of the initial CMMI for Acquisition (CMMI-ACQ).


Hubert Hofmann, currently with Telefónica Deutschland, was a global senior manager of information systems and services for GM, responsible for standardizing and improving acquisition processes and system delivery. In that role, he led GM's worldwide adoption of the CMMI-ACQ. Dr. Hofmann was a member of the CMMI-ACQ Advisory Board and the CMMI framework architecture team. His past writing includes a highly regarded book on requirements engineering and more than 25 other publications. He holds a Ph.D. in business informatics from the University of Regensburg, Germany.


Deborah Yedlin, currently with Borland Software Corporation, was the global director of verification and validation, information systems and services, at GM. Her work at GM around process improvement and measurement was the catalyst for initiating work with the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) to develop a CMMI model designed for acquiring organizations. Ms. Yedlin was the GM representative on the CMMI Steering Group as the CMMI-ACQ was developed. Her past writings include case studies on the implementation of information systems in academic institutions. Ms. Yedlin holds an MS in information management from Wayne State University and an MBA from Oakland University.


John W. Mishler, a Visiting Scientist in the SEI's acquisition support program, helped pilot an earlier version of the CMMI-ACQ with numerous U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) program offices. He also has led SEI-independent technical assessments for large DoD software-intensive programs and teaches SEI CMMI and software acquisition courses. As president of the Wayfinding Group, Inc., Dr. Mishler consults in software and systems engineering, aeronautical logistics, and information systems. He holds a Ph.D. in public policy from The George Washington University.


Susan Kushner is currently a senior technical writer for an industry leader in advanced network storage solutions. She was formerly a writer and editor at the SEI, where she served as the communications point of contact for the acquisition support program. In that role, she planned, organized, and edited technical reports and other materials about the acquisition of software-intensive systems. Ms. Kushner holds an MS in technical communications from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
CMMI is a heavyweight process for software development, as well you should know, if you are at all considering this book. The twist here, compared to earlier books that focus exclusively on CMMI, is what happens if you also outsource. So now at the corporate level, there are two parties, your company and a supplier.

The gist of the book involves a few, crucial aspects. One is to treat the supplier more as a partner. At some level, perhaps as akin to a subsidiary of your company, co-equal to the other divisions or groups within the company. Another is to have a very clear idea of what metrics you need. And you must have metrics, to have any realistic chance of monitoring progress, both inhouse and outsourced.

Yet another aspect is to standardise as completely as possible the various work processes. Especially where these cross the boundary between your company and the supplier.

You might find that if your company has already implemented some internal CMMI processes, that the transition to involving an outsourcer is not so drastic. Unless that supplier has had no experience in CMMI. It seems that the difference between this book and its predecessors is more in emphasis, rather than in a qualitatively new approach.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Brown on September 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book has been assigned reading for a sourcing and acquisition class at Colorado Technical University Online (ctuonline.edu). While there is a lot of valuable information pertaining to Carnegie Mellon's CMMI-ACQ model the reading appears to be scattered and disorganized as a result of the selected format, much of which is this sort of formal interview and chat format. It makes for broken thoughts and a difficult read in my humble opinion.

The book really starts on page 335 which is the 80-page appendix. If you are willing to purchase the book for 80 good pages then it would be a worthwhile investment. However, if a 400+ page book needs to represent a more authoritative reference then there might better choices available.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
College-level and technical computer libraries seeking a solid software engineer's reference will find CMMI For Outsourcing an important reference acquisition: it provides a basic introduction the initial CMMI-ACQ protocols and its use in technology acquisition, covering techniques proven to work in GM's own outsourcing program and reviewing the acquisition project lifecycle. The strength of CMMI FOR OUTSOURCING lies in its real-world scenarios and stories which reflect practical organizational and insider experience, including common tricks and pitfalls.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.