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CMMI for Acquisition: Guidelines for Improving the Acquisition of Products and Services, 2nd Edition


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  • Copyright 2011
  • Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 640
  • Edition: 2nd
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  • ISBN-10: 0-321-71151-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-71151-9

CMMI® for Acquisition (CMMI-ACQ) describes best practices for the successful acquisition of products and services. Providing a practical framework for improving acquisition processes, CMMI-ACQ addresses the growing trend in business and government for organizations to purchase or outsource required products and services as an alternative to in-house development or resource allocation. Changes in CMMI-ACQ Version 1.3 include improvements to high maturity process areas, improvements to the model architecture to simplify use of multiple models, and added guidance about using preferred suppliers.

CMMI® for Acquisition, Second Edition, is the definitive reference for CMMI-ACQ Version 1.3. In addition to the entire revised CMMI-ACQ model, the book includes updated tips, hints, cross-references, and other author notes to help you understand, apply, and quickly find information about the content of the acquisition process areas. The book now includes more than a dozen contributed essays to help guide the adoption and use of CMMI-ACQ in industry and government. Whether you are new to CMMI models or are already familiar with one or more of them, you will find this book an essential resource for managing your acquisition processes and improving your overall performance.

The book is divided into three parts.

Part One introduces CMMI-ACQ in the broad context of CMMI models, including essential concepts and useful background. It then describes and shows the relationships among all the components of the CMMI-ACQ process areas, and explains paths to the adoption and use of the model for process improvement and benchmarking. Several original essays share insights and real experiences with CMMI-ACQ in both industry and government environments.

Part Two first describes generic goals and generic practices, and then details the twenty-two CMMI-ACQ process areas, including specific goals, specific practices, and examples. These process areas are organized alphabetically and are tabbed by process area acronym to facilitate quick reference.

Part Three provides several useful resources, including sources of further information about CMMI and CMMI-ACQ, acronym definitions, a glossary of terms, and an index.


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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Preface xiii

Book Acknowledgments xix


Part One: About CMMI for Acquisition 1


Chapter 1: Introduction 3

About Process Improvement 5

About Capability Maturity Models 6

Evolution of CMMI 7

CMMI Framework 9

CMMI for Acquisition 10

Chapter 2: Process Area Components 11

Core Process Areas and CMMI Models 11

Required, Expected, and Informative Components 11

Components Associated with Part Two 12

Supporting Informative Components 18

Numbering Scheme 20

Typographical Conventions 20

Chapter 3: Tying It All Together 25

Understanding Levels 25

Structures of the Continuous and Staged Representations 26

Understanding Capability Levels 29

Understanding Maturity Levels 31

Process Areas 36

Achieving High Maturity 42

Chapter 4: Relationships Among Process Areas 45

Project Processes 47

Organizational Processes 51

Support Processes 52

High Maturity Processes 54

Chapter 5: Using CMMI Models 57

Adopting CMMI 57

Your Process Improvement Program 58

Selections That Influence Your Program 58

CMMI Models 59

Using CMMI Appraisals 60

Appraisal Requirements for CMMI 61

SCAMPI Appraisal Methods 61

Appraisal Considerations 62

CMMI Related Training 63

Chapter 6: Essays on CMMI-ACQ in Government and Industry 65

Critical Issues in Government Acquisition 65

The IPIC Experience 74

CMMI: The Heart of the Air Force’s Systems Engineering Assessment Model and Enabler to Integrated Systems Engineering–Beyond the Traditional Realm 86

Lessons Learned by DGA on CMMI-ACQ 95

CMMI-ACQ and the “Three R’s” of DoD Acquisition 100

Use of CMMI at the U.S. Government Accountability Office 105

An Industry Perspective on CMMI-ACQ 108

CMMI-ACQ in Industry: Future Possibilities 122

Acquisition Strategy: Planning for Success 125

Agreements: They Are Not Just with Suppliers 131

Acquisition Verification: The Challenges 133

Transition to Operations: Delivering Value 137

Interoperable Acquisition 139

Acquisition Agility 143

Employing Agile in DoD Acquisition 151

Acquisition Improvement: Identifying and Removing

Process Constraints 156

Expanding Capabilities Across the Constellations 163

Part Two: Generic Goals and Generic Practices, and the Process Areas 167

Generic Goals and Generic Practices 169

Agreement Management 191

Acquisition Requirements Development 199

Acquisition Technical Management 215

Acquisition Validation 229

Acquisition Verification 237

Causal Analysis and Resolution 247

Configuration Management 257

Decision Analysis and Resolution 271

Integrated Project Management 281

Measurement and Analysis 299

Organizational Process Definition 319

Organizational Process Focus 333

Organizational Performance Management 349

Organizational Process Performance 369

Organizational Training 383

Project Monitoring and Control 395

Project Planning 411

Process and Product Quality Assurance 443

Quantitative Project Management 451

Requirements Management 471

Risk Management 479

Solicitation and Supplier Agreement Development 497

Part Three: The Appendices 515

Appendix A: References 517

Appendix B: Acronyms 523

Appendix C: CMMI Version 1.3 Project Participants 527

Appendix D: Glossary 535

Book Contributors 567


Index 581


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