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CMMI-ACQ: Guidelines for Improving the Acquisition of Products and Services

by Brian Gallagher, Karen Richter, Mike Phillips

Pearson Education | December 24, 2008 | Hardcover |

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CMMI-ACQ® (Capability Maturity Model® Integration for Acquisition) 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.

 

Modeled after CMMI®, Second Edition, which documented CMMI for Development, this book is the definitive reference for the current release of CMMI for Acquisition (version 1.2). In addition to the entire CMMI-ACQ model, the book includes tips, hints, cross-references, and other author notes to help you understand, apply, and find more information about the content of the acquisition process areas. The authors also have added two chapters to illustrate the application of CMMI-ACQ in industry (a case study from General Motors) 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. Finally, two separate chapters describe special acquisition needs in a government environment and real experiences with CMMI-ACQ from industry.

 

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

 

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

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 576 Pages, 7.48 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: December 24, 2008

Publisher: Pearson Education

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0321580354

ISBN - 13: 9780321580351

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CMMI-ACQ: Guidelines for Improving the Acquisition of Products and Services

CMMI-ACQ: Guidelines for Improving the Acquisition of Products and Services

by Brian Gallagher, Karen Richter, Mike Phillips

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 576 Pages, 7.48 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: December 24, 2008

Publisher: Pearson Education

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0321580354

ISBN - 13: 9780321580351

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A growing trend in business and government alike is one that has organizations purchasing, outsourcing, and acquiring products and services to deliver or assemble and deliver to their customers. Instead of focusing on the development of products and services, organizations are focusing on acquiring the best products and services developed by other organizations.Because of this new emphasis in organizations, there is a lack of experience to draw on in the organization or even to hire that makes it difficult to be successful in this acquisition environment. The factors to consider are different. The CMMI ® Product Team and its sponsors acknowledge this trend and have created the CMMI for Acquisition (CMMI-ACQ) model to help these organizations by codifying best practices. These best practices apply to processes critical to the successful acquisition of products and services and cover the important processes involved in an acquisition environment. What Is CMMI? CMMI (Capability Maturity Model ® Integration) is the name given to the collection of models that comprise best practices designed to help organizations improve the performance of their processes and the training and appraisals that support these models. A CMMI model documents activities important to different aspects of the processes needed to deliver products and services to a customer. The CMMI model contained in this book, CMMI-ACQ, is a model designed specifically for organizations that acquire products and
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Table of Contents

Foreword: A Commercial Perspective xi Foreword: A Government Perspective xv Preface xvii Acknowledgments xxv   Part One: About CMMI for Acquisition 1   Chapter 1: Introduction 3 About Capability Maturity Models 5 Evolution of CMMI 7 CMMI Framework Architecture 8 CMMI for Acquisition 9   Chapter 2: Process Area Components 11 Required, Expected, and Informative Components 11 Components Associated with Part Two 13 Supporting Informative Components 17 Numbering Scheme 19 Typographical Conventions 19   Chapter 3: Tying It All Together 23 Understanding Levels 23 Structures of the Continuous and Staged Representations 25 Understanding Capability Levels 27 Understanding Maturity Levels 30 Process Areas 35 Equivalent Staging 38   Chapter 4: Relationships among Process Areas 43 Project Processes 44 Organizational Processes 49 Support Processes 50 High Maturity Processes 52   Chapter 5: Using CMMI Models 55 Adopting CMMI 55 Your Process Improvement Program 56 Selections That Influence Your Program 56 CMMI Models 57 Using CMMI Appraisals 58 Appraisal Requirements for CMMI 58 SCAMPI Appraisal Methods 59 Appraisal Considerations 59 CMMI-Related Training 61   Chapter 6: Using CMMI-ACQ in Government 63 Critical Issues in Government Acquisition 63 Acquisition Strategy: Planning for Success 70 Agreements: They Are Not Just with Suppliers 75 Acquisition Verification: The Challenges 77 Interoperable Acquisition 81 Transition to Operations: Delivering Value 84 C
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CMMI-ACQ® (Capability Maturity Model® Integration for Acquisition) 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.

 

Modeled after CMMI®, Second Edition, which documented CMMI for Development, this book is the definitive reference for the current release of CMMI for Acquisition (version 1.2). In addition to the entire CMMI-ACQ model, the book includes tips, hints, cross-references, and other author notes to help you understand, apply, and find more information about the content of the acquisition process areas. The authors also have added two chapters to illustrate the application of CMMI-ACQ in industry (a case study from General Motors) 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. Finally, two separate chapters describe special acquisition needs in a government environment and real experiences with CMMI-ACQ from industry.

 

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

 

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

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CMMI-ACQ® (Capability Maturity Model® Integration for Acquisition) 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.

 

Modeled after CMMI®, Second Edition, which documented CMMI for Development, this book is the definitive reference for the current release of CMMI for Acquisition (version 1.2). In addition to the entire CMMI-ACQ model, the book includes tips, hints, cross-references, and other author notes to help you understand, apply, and find more information about the content of the acquisition process areas. The authors also have added two chapters to illustrate the application of CMMI-ACQ in industry (a case study from General Motors) 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. Finally, two separate chapters describe special acquisition needs in a government environment and real experiences with CMMI-ACQ from industry.

 

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

 

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

About the Author

Brian P. Gallagher is director of ISR Mission Systems Engineering within the ISR Systems Division, Mission Systems Sector, Northrop Grumman. He was previously director of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Acquisition Program.

 

Mike Phillips is program manager for CMMI at the SEI. In that position he leads the CMMI Product Suite evolution for the SEI. He was a senior acquisition professional in the military before joining the SEI.

 

Dr. Karen J. Richter is a research analyst and senior project leader at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a research and development "think tank" for the Department of Defense. She has served on the CMMI Configuration Control Board and the CMMI Steering Group.

 

Sandy Shrum is a senior writer/editor at the SEI. She has been with the SEI since 1995 and has been a member of the CMMI Development Team since the CMMI project's inception in 1998.

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