Figure E-l. Project performance expectations for CMM maturity levels
Many organizations can put up the facade necessary to be assessed at level 3. Consequently, a level 3 process is not necessarily a good process. On the other hand, a really good process should easily achieve a level 3 rating. From my field experience with dozens of software process assessments and software capability evaluations, I have learned some other indicators of a truly mature process:
• Objective understanding of current maturity
• Objective understanding of project performance in quantifiable terms of cost and quality
• Real project performance improvement
• Minimal time needed to prepare for an evaluation
A mature organization and mature projects know the process and follow it. They do not need to spend time preparing for an audit. If you think your organization is a level 3, answer this: Could it withstand a surprise audit?
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