CMM complements ITIL? – It certainly does.
The main difference between the two is that CMM focuses on software process maturity continuous improvement whereas ITIL helps us understand and develop all of the areas within our infrastructure.
CMM complements ITIL – similarities The initial Capability Maturity Model (CMM v1.0) was developed by the Software Engineering Institute and specifically addressed software process maturity.
It was first released in 1990, and after its successful adoption and usage in many areas, other CMM’s were developed for other disciplines and functions such as, and others.
ITIL CMM have both got interesting histories, both are at what would be regarded as version 2 of their respective lifecycles and both were originally released at the same time, they also have very similar characteristics for continuous improvement built in.
CMM complements ITIL –structured Look at this from a structure viewpoint – I could have ITIL as a framework targeting of my management areas, focusing on the things that it does so well such as Capacity, Service level Management and ALL the others including Release Management, because this is where CMM comes in.
Under ITIL the process that focuses on the release of software into the live environment is Release management.
CMM can specifically complement this! CMM complements ITIL – where they fit.
What I am saying, is that the specific model underneath Release Management in your organization then can be CMM for software development.
ITIL also addresses the hardware lifecycle within an organization because, as an example, the change from what was regarded as ITIL version one to ITIL version 2 incorporated this hardware lifecycle beneath Release Management.
This was a deficiency in ITIL version 1 that was corrected.
CMM complements ITIL – which one should I choose? The answer to that question is that there is no single reason why you cannot have both.
You see, ITIL is not prescriptive and the process maturity framework that ITIL conforms to is very similar to CMM’s model.
At the end of the day do what is right for your organization!
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