CMMI V2.0 Manager View

Manager’s view of changes between CMMI v1.3 and CMMI v2.0

This is a quick introduction to CMMI v2.0 from a manager’s perspective.

The Model:

Designed to be flexible and agile to enable rapid development of new content to keep up with the ever-changing market, technology, and business needs of an organization.

  • Integration and maintaining different models is easier than ever with 18 ‘Core’ practices and grouping specific model practices in ‘Domains’. Maintaining multiple books or PDFs are now being faded out.
  • Adapting is also made easier with available tools and roadmaps that focuses on performance for achieving business objectives which will ensure quality and timely solutions that exceeds customers and end users’ expectations.
  • A restructure of the ‘Categories’ or views was done with related ‘Capability Areas’. The capability areas are small groupings of similar topics which support the ease of training, addressing common problems, and the ability for end user to implement practices efficiently.
  • Days of the ‘Specific’ and ‘Generic’ Goals and Practices are gone. Practices are organized into a set of evolutionary levels (Level 1, 2, etc.) which provides a path for performance improvement.


Training courses are available to provide guidance on the new model as well as upgrade training for those that need to understand key component of the change.

  • All Appraisal Team Members (ATM) are still required to obtain training but now have to pass a CMMI Associate exam with a score of xx. There is a 30day grace period to retake the exam.
  • CMMI v2.0 Upgrade Training is available for those that already took a Intro to CMMI course. Upgrade training can be done in-person or through e-learning.


The CMMI Institute Appraisal Method Definition Document (MDD) was updated.

  • The term SCAMPI A is now referred to as a Benchmark appraisal. The appraisal validity timeframe is still 3 years.
  • Organization can now extend their Benchmark rating for an additional 2 years through a ‘Sustainment’ appraisal. A Sustainment appraisal is done by reducing a scope to check that activities have been maintained.
  • The term SCAMPI B and C are now referred to as an ‘Evaluation’ appraisal
  • There is a new appraisal requirement which requires organizations to submit a Performance Report. The report is comprised of selected performance objectives defined by the organization. The report is required for all Benchmark and Sustainment appraisals.
  • A new statistical appraisal approach will now be used, and practices areas will be randomly selected for units within the scope of the appraisal.

Web Base Tools:

CMMI is enhancing their virtual profile and the portal is getting an update.

  • Even though the journey to CMMI is available through a single sign-on, it will now cost you to obtain a copy of the model.
  • A personalized dashboard gives users the ability to locate training, certifications, and reference tools to include a link to the SAS. Note: the SAS is also getting a face lift.
  • A web app, the ‘Model Viewer’, is now available for paid licensed users to leverage. This new online feature provides user a search capability of the model to find needed content without having to scroll through a book or PDF.