21st June, 2013
Most of the Organizations complete the CMMI Maturity Level 3 and tend to relax after that and some of them continue their journey for CMMI High Maturity Levels 4 and 5. After CMMI Maturity level 3 most of the Organizations who stop their journey at Maturity Level 3 are often in dilemma to continue or to stop their process improvement activities there.
If we analyse the problem statement we can draw two conclusions out of this – (a). Organization can continue their journey for Process Improvement to High Maturity Levels i.e. Maturity Level 4 or 5, or, (b) They can stop their journey at the completion of CMMI Maturity Level 3.
Now if they continue then it’s good for their Processes, People and for them. That means more control over processes, quality and increased customer confidence. At Maturity Level 4 and 5, processes are brought under statistical control resulting in less process waste and increased cost optimization leading to better margins.
And if they stop, it means they will continue to face competition from their High Maturity competitors. Without, having an organizational goal of higher maturity before the organization, there is process-fatigue leading to stagnation of their processes and invariably the investment is process-improvement initiative is gradually lost over a period of time.
In my opinion, if there are no financial limitations before the organization in pursuing the CMMI High Maturity Levels, organization must target the CMMI High Maturity Level 4 and 5.
It has many benefits for them:
If organizations have any problem in continuing their processes improvement after CMMI Maturity Level 3, then they can consciously sustain a Process Improvement Initiative by building up a CMMI Maintenance Program which continues to keep the system alive.
Internal resources can continue process improvement based on the processes base-lined during the CMMI Maturity Level 3. Please refer the DQS Micro-site www.CMMI-maintenance.com for more information on CMMI Maintenance Program at Maturity Level 3.
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