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A Comparison of ISO 9001 and the Capability Maturity Model for Software

Technical Report
The purpose of this report is to contrast the CMM and ISO 9001, showing both their differences and their similarities.
Publisher

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number
CMU/SEI-94-TR-012
DOI (Digital Object Identifier)
10.1184/R1/6571619.v1

Abstract

The Capability Maturity Model for Software (CMM), developed by the Software Engineering Institute, and the ISO 9000 series of standards, developed by the International Standards Organization, share a common concern with quality and process management. The two are driven by similar concerns and are intuitively correlated. The purpose of this report is to contrast the CMM and ISO 9001, showing both their differences and their similarities. The results of the analysis indicate that, although an ISO 9001-compliant organization would not necessarily satisfy all of the level 2 key process areas, it would satisfy most of the level 2 goals and many level 3 goals. Because there are practices in the CMM that are not addressed in ISO 9000, it is possible for a level 1 organization to receive 9001 registration; similarly, there are areas addressed by ISO 9001 that are not addressed in the CMM. A level 3 organization would have little difficulty in obtaining ISO 9001 certification, and a level 2 organization would have significant advantages in obtaining certification.

Cite This Technical Report

Paulk, M. (1994, July 1). A Comparison of ISO 9001 and the Capability Maturity Model for Software. (Technical Report CMU/SEI-94-TR-012). Retrieved March 4, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6571619.v1.

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title={A Comparison of ISO 9001 and the Capability Maturity Model for Software},
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howpublished={Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library},
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Paulk, Mark. "A Comparison of ISO 9001 and the Capability Maturity Model for Software." (CMU/SEI-94-TR-012). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, July 1, 1994. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6571619.v1.

M. Paulk, "A Comparison of ISO 9001 and the Capability Maturity Model for Software," Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, Technical Report CMU/SEI-94-TR-012, 1-Jul-1994 [Online]. Available: https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6571619.v1. [Accessed: 4-Mar-2024].

Paulk, Mark. "A Comparison of ISO 9001 and the Capability Maturity Model for Software." (Technical Report CMU/SEI-94-TR-012). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library, Software Engineering Institute, 1 Jul. 1994. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6571619.v1. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Paulk, Mark. A Comparison of ISO 9001 and the Capability Maturity Model for Software. CMU/SEI-94-TR-012. Software Engineering Institute. 1994. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6571619.v1