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TECHSOFT Assists General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems in Achieving CMMI® Maturity Level 3

CMMI® Maturity Level 3
TECHSOFT has assisted General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems of Niceville in its achievement of a Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®) Maturity Level 3 rating.

The CMMI® Maturity Level 3 (ML3) success was announced following a formal "Class A" Standard CMMI® Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPISM) appraisal conducted in March 2009.

"Our engineering teams, using these processes, consistently deliver quality design, analysis, testing and production of warhead and payload systems for warfighters," said Dan Paul, Vice President of GD-OTS. "This CMMI® Maturity Level 3 rating validates our commitment to robust systems engineering processes and strengthens our capability to achieve cost, schedule, and technical requirements."

General Dynamics' Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) is a business unit of General Dynamics specializing in the design, development, and production of warheads for tactical missiles, rockets, ammunition, and bombs.

TECHSOFT began assisting GD-OTS Niceville with their CMMI® program in June 2006, providing onsite mentoring, training, oversight, and appraisal services. As a result, GD-OTS met its aggressive process improvement goals of achieving CMMI® Maturity Level 2 by December 2007 and CMMI® ML3 by March 2009.

The SCAMPI appraisal was conducted by SEI-certified Lead Appraiser Orris E. Burns III, who was assisted by four appraisal team members. During the SCAMPISM, the appraisal team reviewed 2,300 unique artifacts and conducted formal interviews with 25 GD-OTS executives, project leaders, and process area practitioners.

In the final findings briefing, Burns praised the GD-OTS team for "the smoothest appraisal I've ever participated in" - a sentiment echoed by the rest of the appraisal team. Burns also commended GD-OTS for the company's overall professionalism, exceptional working environment, technical expertise, and rapid assimilation of new technology.

"We certainly we have the skills to achieve CMMI® ML3, as evidenced by our work in New Orleans, Charleston, and with civilian companies, and it was time we did it for ourselves," Pigoski said. "The rating proves TECHSOFT has disciplined, repeatable systems and software engineering processes that are ingrained in the way we do business."

The SEI has collected empirical data that indicates that organizations who achieve CMMI® ML3 increase their productivity and improve the quality of their products.

TECHSOFT's formal SCAMPISM appraisal involved the company's Tools Development, Web-Based Training, and Innovative Security Technologies projects. Nearly 2,000 artifacts, including plans, policies, standard operating procedures, and other technical documentation, were reviewed by the appraisal team.

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