When a software company begins to process its software development through measurement, it could be said that such organization has reached the level 4 maturity. Level 4 maturity also known as Managed level is the level where using process metrics are applied. The AS-IS process is observed where in management is able to identify ways in adjusting a process and still adapt the process to some of its projects without losing the quality or deviations from specifications.
CMM measuring is important to manage and improve the software processes. The processes are quantified, plotted, and analyzed. It is in doing so that performance in the software development activities can be predicted, controlled, and guided. The CMM measuring is to determine the maintainability of the process. Measuring maintainability help reduces or reverses a process tendency toward code not to work. It is believed that CMM measurement reduces the lifecycle cost.
A CMM measure to one may not be applicable to another software developer. If you have no method to measure improvement, it is best to start small. Measurements require evaluation. You need to determine if the measure to be applied is appropriate to your organization and to the overall process improvement. You need to test them prior to implementation.
Advantages of CMM measurement includes:
– increased productivity
– error detection and correction are given prompt attention
– overall reduction of errors
– trends in maintenance and warranty work are improved
– unwanted processes or process steps are eliminated
Managed your level of maturity, start measuring your process improvement and find out how you can move towards the higher level of maturity.