How is CMMI V2.0 different from CMMI V1.3?

CMMI V2.0 includes the following changes from V1.3:

  • Terminology Changes:
    • Process Areas vs. Practice Areas – “Process Areas” (PAs) are now “Practice Areas” (PAs) to emphasize that CMMI V2.0 is a collection of best practices, not a set of processes to be implemented.
    • Core and Context Specific – Each Practice Area is broken up into a general descriptive section, “Core Information”, and a contextually-applicable section, “Context Specific”.
    • Required and Explanatory vs. Required/Expected/Informative – Required content is necessary for achieving an appraisal rating. Explanatory information is included to aide in accurate interpretation of the required information.
    • Generic Practices and Generic Goals – “Generic Practices” (GPs) and “Generic Goals” have been replaced by two institutionalization practice areas, Governance and Implementation Infrastructure, to avoid duplication and improve the intent of institutionalization. Without “Generic Practices”, the “Specific Practices” (SP) designation is no longer needed. he term “process institutionalization” has been replaced by “process persistence and habitual” to emphasize the focus on a project’s or organization’s processes vs. practices of the model.
    • “Acquisition” is now “Supplier Management”.
  • Improved Usability:The updated model will include shared core content as well as context specific content:
    • Inclusion of Level 1 practices to enable new organizations to take incremental steps to improve and gain early success
    • Optional online format available to make content easily selectable and accessible
    • Multiple model appraisals will be easier to manage, with only additional model- or domain-specific content to be added once core CMMI practices have been implemented.
  • Easy-to-Understand Model:
    • CMMI V2.0 has been written in non- technical business language; this will make CMMI V2.0 more accessible for non-native English speakers and easier to translate into different languages
    • Each Practice Area has an evolutionary improvement path where practices at one level build on the practices at the previous levels.
    • Generic Goals and Generic Practices have been replaced by building and sustaining practices.
    • An optional online format will make the model more accessible, more adaptable and more flexible to your needs. Rather than scrolling through a PDF or flipping through a book, you can click and search to quickly find the content you need.
  • Maturity Levels: Maturity Levels are very similar to Maturity Levels in CMMI V1.3:CMMI_V1.3_Maturity_Levels.jpg
  • Performance Practices:New performance practices have been built into the model at all Maturity levels to emphasize and focus on improving organizational performance to recognize a more visible ROI.
    • This reflects the modern business climate where performance is key to the success of every organization—no matter their maturity level. With performance now built in at every level, organizations can plan a more methodical and step-by-step path to achieve better performance and high maturity.
    • Level 1 starts by addressing basic performance. This performance is built on as the practices go up in levels, with Level 2 practices including/subsuming Level 1, and practices from levels 3 to 5 building on lower levels to further evolve.
    • The performance report tied to each benchmark appraisal enables more effective awareness of organizational performance improvements.
  • Adoption GuidanceSpecific guidance will lead organizations step-by-step through getting started with CMMI or transitioning from CMMI V1.3.
    • A clear set of proven and simple steps to get started on (or transitioning) your CMMI performance improvement journey
    • List of commonly needed available resources to ensure a successful improvement effort
    • Identifies critical lessons learned and best practices designed to avoid “false starts” and ensure the improvement efforts are tied directly to business results
  • Improved Value and Reliability of Appraisals:
    • SCAMPI B and C appraisals will be consolidated into one method, the Evaluation appraisal, to improve flexibility to meet business objectives.
    • SCAMPI A becomes a Benchmark appraisal with the following benefits:
      • Statistically-validated random sampling approach that provides broader coverage for data analysis in the Work Unit (WU) and significant reduction in any bias of results.
      • Appraisal approach and planning emphasis to reduce overall preparation time involved.
      • 3-year appraisal validity is maintained.
    • Introduction of optional Sustainment appraisals helps ensure process maturity is maintained over time.
      • Substantially reduced scope to check on process sustainment since the benchmark and monitor progress.
      • Extends your Benchmark appraisal validity by 2 years vs. 3 years from Benchmark alone
  • Redesigned Systems: Updated and completely integrated systems (Appraisal system, Published Appraisal Results System, etc.) that will be easier to access CMMI V2.0 model content, appraisal systems and partner resources. A single sign-on interface will reduce redundancy and make it simple to begin or continue your CMMI journey.


Since project inception, we have gotten many questions from the CMMI community about the elements of CMMI V2.0. We have compiled the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and their answers here for your easy reference.

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