- Hardcover: 456 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201546647
- ISBN-13: 978-0201546644
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,986,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Capability Maturity Model: Guidelines for Improving the Software Process 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Principal Contributors and Editors:
Mark C. Paulk, Charles V. Weber, Bill Curtis, Mary Beth Chrissis
"In every sense, the CMM represents the best thinking in the field today... this book is targeted at anyone involved in improving the software process, including members of assessment or evaluation teams, members of software engineering process groups, software managers, and software practitioners..." From the Foreword by Watts Humphrey
The Capability Maturity Model for Software (CMM) is a framework that demonstrates the key elements of an effective software process. The CMM describes an evolutionary improvement path for software development from an ad hoc, immature process to a mature, disciplined process, in a path laid out in five levels. When using the CMM, software professionals in government and industry can develop and improve their ability to identify, adopt, and use sound management and technical practices for delivering quality software on schedule and at a reasonable cost.
This book provides a description and technical overview of the CMM, along with guidelines for improving software process management overall. It is a sequel to Watts Humphrey's important work,Managing the Software Process,in that it structures the maturity framework presented in that book more formally.Features:
- Compares the CMM with ISO 9001
- Provides an overview of ISO's SPICE project, which is developing international standards for software process improvement and capability determination
- Presents a case study of IBM Houston's Space Shuttle project, which is frequently referred to as being at Level 5
About the Author
About Software Engineering Institute
The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University provides leadership in advancing the state of the practice of software engineering to improve the quality of systems that depend on software. The guidelines described in this book were developed at the SEI. The CMM comprises one of the SEI's best known products, a software process framework that continues to have a significant effect on the work of the software engineering community worldwide.
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The materials in this book are available as downloadable PDFs in the SEI-CMM site for all the KPAs.
This book is the one that introduced the CMM to the masses and is what is now called the CMM-SW (SW=Software). It is still a valid reference for software-only organizations from a key process area point of view. As such, it still has value to any organization that is striving to attain CMM level 2 or above. If you're new to the CMM (and there are many who are), this the CMM is five levels of capability maturity, when chaotic organizations assumed to be at level 1. It is not a methodology, so do not expect to find any "how to" information in this book. What you will find in this book is a description of the CMM itself and its structure, and key process areas that need to be in place in an organization for each level of the model. Each key process area has associated key practices.
In a nutshell, the CMM is a benchmark. The key to achieving level 2 or above requires a commitment to perform. This book will tell you what processes need to be in place, and what the key practices are for each process, but will not tell you which methods to use. It's dry reading, but there is no ambiguity in the descriptions, which makes this book a valuable reference if you are involved in a company-wide CMM initiative. If your goal is to explore the value and benefits of the CMM, then I recommend A Guide to the CMM by Kenneth Dymond as a better place to start. Despite its age and the CMMI initiatives this book still merits 5 stars for those who are actually implementing the CMM for software.
The text is deliberately written as a set of lists, where a list consists of tasks to be done. This is not a book you necessarily read for insight. A book of lists, come on! Rather, you have some experience with CMM, from other texts or live instruction. And you then use this book for specific tasks. This is a reference book, like a dictionary, if you will.
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you need this book. everyone I know doing SW-CMM has a copy. It is a simpler easier to use copy of the CMM.
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