Carnegie Mellon and GM Launch CMMI Project
- By Matthew Schwartz, Enterprise Systems
The Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute and GM announced on Tuesday
a collaboration to create a business process improvement model for companies
looking to source information technology capabilities from third-party suppliers.
The SEI and GM will co-develop the initial model for use by government and
industry organizations. The initial model will be based on the existing CMMI
Acquisition Module, created for the U.S. Department of Defense in 2004.
"We have been successful in driving common IT process standards across
GM's global organization and introducing this concept to our many IT suppliers,"
says Ralph Szygenda, GM’s group VP and CIO. "Together with the SEI
and the CMMI Steering Group, we believe we can develop a third-generation sourcing
model that will not only bring benefit to General Motors, but to the information
technology industry in general."
CMMI can be used to guide process improvement across a project, a division
or an entire organization. The model helps integrate traditionally separate
organizational functions, sets process improvement goals and priorities, provides
guidance for quality processes and provides a point of reference for appraising
GM anticipates an initial draft by December, and an SEI special report of the
initial model for public release will be published by the end of the first quarter