What is CMM: Looking at its Evolution

If you are an agent of change it is not so difficult for you to be receptive to new ideas and concepts that may bring about drastic change.  Modern organizational leaders are fully cognizant of the fact on how Capability Maturity Model or CMM can adversely bring good effects to any organization should it be employed effectively. 

Capability Maturity Model is an instrument that is being used by most organizational leaders to help each entity understand the clearly define the processes that are being undertaken by an organization – why they are important and what them important. 

The idea of Capability Maturity Model was derived from one of the pillars of scientific management, Phil Crosby – a known advocate and popular author of the idea about Total Quality Management.  The idea of CMM was then pushed by another scholar Humphrey Watts.  Although the Capability Maturity Model was conceived for the purpose of having good assessment on every contract of software project that is being handed by the government, the concept became generally acceptable and has been widely accepted as a means to comprehend the maturity processes of various and dynamic areas in an organization. 

The Maturity Model is used as a way to compare and all at the same time understand the growth and progress of every process.  In a way, it also helps the organizational leaders understand the potential flaws and strengths of every process that can lead to possible modifications or enhancements in the coming events. 

To date, the CMM has already been replaced by a more proactive Capability Maturity Model Integration or CMMI.


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