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

by Brian Gallagher, Mike Phillips, Karen Richter

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 afterCMMI®, 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 Oneintroduces 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 Twofirst 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 Threeprovides 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, 9.5 × 7.53 × 1.34 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, Mike Phillips, Karen Richter

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 576 pages, 9.5 × 7.53 × 1.34 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 services, includ
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Table of Contents

Foreword: A Commercial Perspective xiForeword: A Government Perspective xvPreface xviiAcknowledgments xxv Part One: About CMMI for Acquisition 1 Chapter 1: Introduction 3About Capability Maturity Models 5Evolution of CMMI 7CMMI Framework Architecture 8CMMI for Acquisition 9 Chapter 2: Process Area Components 11Required, Expected, and Informative Components 11Components Associated with Part Two 13Supporting Informative Components 17Numbering Scheme 19Typographical Conventions 19 Chapter 3: Tying It All Together 23Understanding Levels 23Structures of the Continuous and Staged Representations 25Understanding Capability Levels 27Understanding Maturity Levels 30Process Areas 35Equivalent Staging 38 Chapter 4: Relationships among Process Areas 43Project Processes 44Organizational Processes 49Support Processes 50High Maturity Processes 52 Chapter 5: Using CMMI Models 55Adopting CMMI 55Your Process Improvement Program 56Selections That Influence Your Program 56CMMI Models 57Using CMMI Appraisals 58Appraisal Requirements for CMMI 58SCAMPI Appraisal Methods 59Appraisal Considerations 59CMMI-Related Training 61 Chapter 6: Using CMMI-ACQ in Government 63Critical Issues in Government Acquisition 63Acquisition Strategy: Planning for Success 70Agreements: They Are Not Just with Suppliers 75Acquisition Verification: The Challenges 77Interoperable Acquisition 81Transition to Operations: Delivering Value 84CMMI: The Heart of the U.S. Air Force's Systems Engineering Assessment Model 86Acquisiti
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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 afterCMMI®, 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 Oneintroduces 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 Twofirst 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 Threeprovides 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 afterCMMI®, 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 Oneintroduces 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 Twofirst 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 Threeprovides 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. Gallagheris 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 Phillipsis 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. Richteris 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 Shrumis 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.