CMMI: A Short History
Software Engineering Institute
The CMMI Product Suite was developed by the CMMI Product Team, a team of process improvement experts from the government, industry, and the SEI, to improve on the existing Software Capability Maturity Model (SW-CMM) released in 1991. The CMMI Steering Group, leaders of the CMMI Product Team, realized that the best practices outlined for software development could be merged into a single framework that organizations could use for enterprise-wide process improvement initiatives. In 2000, the team published the original CMMI model, training, and appraisal method, which incorporated software and systems engineering. The model was also designed to support the future integration of other disciplines.