What has changed in CMMI v3.0?

CMMI v3.0 was released on April 6th, 2023. The latest version broadens organizational performance improvement beyond the original areas of product development, service operations, and supplier management. It now includes security, safety, data management, people management, and managing virtual workforce best practices across a customizable model of best practices. Whether your organization wants to build a new capability or improve and mature an existing one, CMMI V3.0 provides the best practices for doing so across many different disciplines and industries. The CMMI model continues to help organizations improve their performance effectively and efficiently.

What is new with Maturity Level 2?

Maturity Level 2 is now defined as all Practice Areas (PAs) at Capability Level 2; this is a major change in philosophy. Supplier Agreement Management has two additional practices for supplier selection (from a previous model version) The new PAs are available upon request. All the other Practice Areas in the Development and Services model remain unchanged apart from some minor wording updates. 7 new practice areas have been added to the updated version. See our most recent article for more information on the update.

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Core makes CMMI appraisal as simple and effective as possible. Whether onsite or online, our consultants handle the complicated parts of CMMI so that you can focus on your business. We’ll help you understand how this program applies to your specific organization. Implemented properly, CMMI gives you a continual return on your investment.

We offer consulting support for organizations seeking appraisal to Maturity Level 2 or Maturity Level 3. Our program includes an Evaluation Appraisal and a Benchmark Appraisal.

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CMMI v3.0 Maturity Model Levels

What is the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)?

Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) is a proven set of global best practices that address key capabilities and common business challenges. This standard deals with a range of topics, such as quality, engineering, business planning, resilience, workforce management, and more. CMMI helps you understand your capability in the context of your own objectives and industry best practices.

The CMMI was created by the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University as a procedure improvement for tasks, divisions, or associations.

CMMI certification is not a certification, but an appraisal of an organization or business based on the maturity level of its processes. Your organization can be appraised at five different maturity levels: initial, managed, defined, quantitatively managed, or optimized. The most common levels are Maturity Level 2 (Managed) or Maturity Level 3 (Defined).


What is a CMMI Appraisal?

Appraisals are performed to determine how well an organization’s processes stand up to CMMI best practices so that areas of improvement can be identified. In addition to that, an organization may be trying to meet the requirements of a particular contract for customers. Appraisals allow organizations to let customers and suppliers know how well the organization’s practices meet with the CMMI best practices.

The appraisal levels demonstrate on a global level, the continuous commitment of your organization to improve processes and capabilities to deliver services or products according to set requirements.  A CMMI appraisal or certification is essential for organizations or companies interested in doing business with large international companies.  Find out more below about CMMI Certification.

What are the new CMMI v3.0 Practices?

The new Practice Areas are as follows:

  • Data Management (DM)
  • Data Quality (DQ)
  • Enabling Safety (ESAF)
  • Enabling Security (ESEC)
  • Enabling Virtual Work (EVW)
  • Managing Security Threats & Vulnerabilities (MST)
  • Workforce Empowerment (WE)
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What is the Current Version of CMMI?

The newest and current version of the CMMI model, CMMI v3.0 was released in April of 2023. The timeline above shows that Appraisals will start around the 2nd Qtr. 2024.

CMMI Development 

CMMI Development centers around performance improvement requirements and key capabilities for organizations or companies that develop products, services, and components.  Working toward having higher standards and focusing on best practices can move an organization toward developing quality products and services that will meet or exceed the expectations of end users, lower costs, improve planning, and reduce risks and defects.

CMMI Services

By aiming for best practices, CMMI Services encourages the improvement of a company’s ability to effectively provide quality services in line with established agreements, prevent incidents, meet market needs, exceed customer expectations, reduce costs, and at the same time, increase quality.

CMMI Services can help to improve a company’s ability to respond quickly to critical events including time delays, cost overruns, on-time service delivery, and poor decision-making.

CMMI Supplier Management

Many organizations are increasingly relying more on external suppliers, contractors, and subcontractors to meet business goals. CMMI Supplier Management includes best practices that improve an organization’s ability to identify, hire, and manage suppliers and vendors so that there is reduced supply chain risk and improved quality. It also improves the probability of allocating resources effectively and sharing accountability.

What are the different CMMI Maturity Levels? How do they differ?

Maturity Level 0 – Incomplete:

No goals have been established or are only minimally formed and they may or may not be meeting the intent of the practice area. Work may or may not get completed or the goals do not meet the organizational needs.

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Maturity Level 1 – Initial:

There is an initial approach to meeting the intent of the Practice Area with an unpredictable environment that increases risk and inefficiency. There is no complete set of practices to meet the full intention of the Practice Area. This is the level where performance issues are addressed.


Maturity Level 2 – Managed:

Maturity Level 2 incorporates Level 1 practices and does not require the use of organizational assets. Progress is identified and monitored when it comes to project performance objectives.  This is a simple but complete set of practices that addresses the full intent of the Practice Area.  Although projects are “planned, performed, measured and controlled,” at this level there are still many issues that need to be addressed.


Maturity Level 3 – Defined:

At this stage, Businesses understand their inadequacies and how to address them. They also identify their goals for improvement. This level builds on level 2 practices and focuses on achieving organization and project performance objectives.  This stage moves organizations into a more proactive stance. And there is a set of “organization-wide standards.”


Maturity Level 4 – Quantitatively managed:

At this stage, the organization is using quantitative data to make decisions and predict processes that will align with stakeholder needs.  This stage is more about measuring and controlling processes.  At this stage, the organization uses more data to acquire insight into process weaknesses.


Maturity Level 5 – Optimizing:

At this stage, the organization’s processes are stable and flexible. The stability allows for more innovation in a more predictable environment. The organization is all about consistently improving and responding to various changes or leveraging opportunities.

What are the Benefits of Achieving CMMI Certification?

1.  CMMI Ensures Better Quality

Whenever you can maintain consistency at a high level you can get a higher level of quality for products and services. You can create consistency with the use of technology and by designing processes that are simplified and repeatable. This improvement in processes equates to a high quality delivery of products or services with a low number of issues.


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2.  Better Return on Investment

If you are set up to produce products or services with less issues, they cost less to fix. It’s that simple. If issues or defects are addressed and resolved at the beginning of the development lifecycle, they should have less of an impact generally.


3.  CMMI Enables and Improves On-Time Delivery

As an organization with customers consistently trying to reduce their time to market, you can make sure that you can respond quickly and correctly to their requirements and at the same time, guarantee on-time delivery.


4.  CMMI Encourages Continuous Improvement

One of the most important qualities of a CMMI Level 5 certification involves the ability to continuously drive improvement.  What this means is that optimizing your quality practices is never done.


5.  Makes you more Competitive in the Market

There is an ever-growing demand for companies to be CMMI certified. If you want to stay competitive, achieving the highest level of maturity will give you an edge.


6.  Self-Improvement

Going through the processes of achieving a high level of maturity will naturally lead to improvement in your processes.


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Related Standards


We provide consulting support for various other standards, as well as support for companies seeking multiple certifications through an Integrated Management System.


ISO 9001

Quality Management Systems

ISO 27001

Information Security Management Systems

ISO 9001

ISO 27001

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