About CMMI Institute

CMMI® Institute- Home of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®)

As the organization behind the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), a process improvement framework that guides organizations in high-performance operations, the CMMI Institute is working to build upon CMMI’s success, advance the state of the practice, accelerate the development and adoption of best practices, and provide new and evolved solutions to meet the emerging needs of businesses around the world. The institute also leads the People Capability Maturity Model and the Data Management Maturity Model frameworks.

The CMMI Institute supports the worldwide adoption of its solutions in small and large organizations alike in a variety of industries, including aerospace, finance, health services, software, defense, transportation, and telecommunications.

The CMMI Institute licenses its products and services through a network of delivery partners; conducts training and certification; sponsors conferences, workshops, and events; and promotes the benefits of process improvement models and appraisal methods.

A Rich Heritage: Powered by Carnegie Mellon

Based in Pittsburgh, the CMMI Institute is part of Carnegie Innovations, a technology commercialization enterprise and part of Carnegie Mellon University.

CMMI is the result of more than 20 years of ongoing work at Carnegie Mellon University by members of industry, government, and the Software Engineering Institute, a federally funded research and development center.

The CMMI Institute is currently hiring a few key positions. See our job board for details and application instructions.

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The CMMI Institute Partner Network

The CMMI Institute works with a network of CMMI Institute Partners, which are organizations and individuals trained and certified to provide official courses, appraisals, and consulting services. The CMMI Institute Partner Network provides a vast, global reach to help us reach users, managers, and executives who can benefit from CMMI solutions. CMMI Institute Partners are the only source for authentic CMMI services outside the institute itself.

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Background on CMMI® - A Framework for Improving Performance

The Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®) is a world-class performance improvement framework for competitive organizations that want to achieve high-performance operations. Building upon an organization’s business performance objectives, CMMI provides a set of practices for improving processes, resulting in a performance improvement system that paves the way for better operations and performance. More than any other approach, CMMI doesn’t just help you to improve your organizational processes. CMMI also has built-in practices that help you to improve the way you use any performance improvement approach, setting you up to achieve a positive return on your investment.


A Model, Not a Process

CMMI does not provide a single process. Rather, the CMMI framework models what to do to improve your processes, not define your processes. CMMI is designed to compare an organization’s existing processes to proven best practices developed by members of industry, government, and academia; reveal possible areas for improvement; and provide ways to measure progress.

The result? CMMI helps you to build and manage performance improvement systems that fit your unique environment.


Satisfy Your Most Important Stakeholders

CMMI helps companies to improve operational performance by lowering the cost of development, production, and delivery. CMMI provides the framework for you to consistently and predictably deliver the products and services that your customers want, when they want them.


CMMI is a Diverse Solution that can Work for Everyone

CMMI is not just for software development. CMMI helps software and services organizations in a variety of industries to align meaningful process improvement with business and engineering goals for cost, schedule, productivity, quality, and customer satisfaction.

CMMI offers three constellations—CMMI for Acquisition, CMMI for Development, and CMMI for Services—that help to improve specific business needs, plus the People Capability Maturity Model (People CMM) which uses process framework as a foundation to help organizations managing and developing their workforce to become an employer of choice. Across these three constellations and the People CMM, CMMI delivers measurable results for organizations of all sizes in a variety of industries, including aerospace, finance, health services, software, defense, transportation, and telecommunications.


CMMI® helps organizations discover the true value they can deliver by building capability in their people and processes. Learn More

94 Countries Organizations use CMMI to elevate performance in 94 countries.
  • Colombia
  • Mexico
  • US
  • UK
  • Bulgaria
  • Qatar
  • India
  • Kenya
  • South Africa
  • China
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
12 National Governments 12 governments invest in CMMI to support economic development in their countries.
  • Chinese, Simplified
  • Chinese, Traditional
  • Arabic
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Korean
10 Languages CMMI models have been translated into 10 languages.