Most organizations nowadays try to adopt CMMI or the Capability Maturity Model Integration as their relevant approach to improving both their organizational functions, processes, structure, and most particularly, the products and services that they offer for their wide-range of customers. Carrying out CMMI involves the use of certain CMMI models that serve as fundamental guideline. CMMI models are basically published materials on best practices in CMMI. These implementing models would be dealing with various areas of interest.
Consequently, an organization’s maturity level determines its potential performance within a certain or an array of disciplines. Historically, organizations are found to perform their best once they concentrate on carrying out some process-improvements endeavors into their vast number of processes that need would need progressively more refining efforts while the organization also gradually improves.
By definition, maturity level is the progressive state of process improvement. Individual maturity level functions to stabilizing a significant part of the various processes an organization would have. There are five known maturity levels in CMMI, by which each level (designated by numbers 1 through 5) represents a layer of process improvement. These five maturity levels in CMMI are: 1) Initial level, 2) Managed level, 3) Defined level, 4) Quantitatively managed level, and 5 Optimizing level. Maturity levels in CMMI include a predetermined set of process areas. Individual maturity level can be measured by the attainment of particular and standard goals relevant to each of the predetermined set of process areas.
In conclusion, CMMI’s maturity levels can be considered as progress indicators of improvement in organizational processes. The completion of each layer simply means that the organization is moving toward and nearer to its definite overall improvement of its processes thus delivering quality type of products and services to customers.