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  Kelly Kimberland
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PITTSBURGH, PA, November 30, 1999—Public review of Version 0.2 of an integrated model for systems and software engineering improvement, CMMI-SE/SW V0.2, was completed on November 30, 1999. This model was developed by the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Project, a collaborative effort sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) with participation by government, industry, and the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).

The project's objective is to develop an integrated set of models, an assessment method, and training materials that provide support for process and product improvement in industry and government.

The project received 2,345 change requests during the public review, which began on August 31 and included participation from 67 organizations and 105 individuals.  Project members are gratified by the quantity and substance of the responses to the call for review and will process all comments to improve the content and form of the model. Draft components of the integrated model that include support for integrated product and process development (IPPD) are now available for public review; the public review period will end on February 15, 2000. With the IPPD model extension, organizations using different models for improving systems engineering, software engineering, and integrated product and process development will be able to use the integrated model to coordinate efforts to improve in all three disciplines.

Using this CMMI model encourages enterprise-wide improvement and integrated assessment of all three functions.  The integrated model incorporates the best features of the source models from which it is derived [Capability Maturity Model for Software (SW-CMM) V2.0 draft C, EIA/IS-731 Systems Engineering Capability Model (SECM), and Integrated Product Development Capability Maturity Model (IPD-CMM)]. It will enable organizations to build on previous investments in improvement based on the SW-CMM, the SECM, or the IPD-CMM, and at the same time to benefit from the standardization and commonality of the integrated model.

The CMMI Project welcomes review of the model from organizations that are considering using it. For more information about the CMMI Project and the public release of IPPD model components, see http://www.sei.cmu.edu/cmmi/.

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