Process and Product Quality Consulting

Introduction to CMMI for Development

If you want to learn how to ensure the effective development of products and services, this course is for you. This three-day course introduces you to the CMMI for Development (CMMI-DEV) model, which is a comprehensive set of guidelines that helps organizations to establish and improve processes for developing products and services. The course provides the knowledge you need to begin using CMMI-DEV in your organization. This course is a prerequisite for any CMMI Institute certification or subsequent course that calls for an Introduction to CMMI requirement.

CMMI-DEV adapts and extends proven standards and best practices to reflect the unique challenges faced in product development companies. This set of guidelines also serves as a practical framework for achieving superior quality, controlling costs, improving schedule performance, and ensuring high levels of customer satisfaction.

The course is highly interactive and composed of exercises, discussion, and presentations. After attending the course, you will be able to describe the CMMI-DEV model, apply the model's process areas, and locate information in the model.

Successful completion of this course requires that participants actively participate in classroom discussions and exercises, not missing any classroom time.

This course fulfills a prerequisite requirement for many CMMI Institute courses (e.g., Intermediate Concepts of CMMI, CMMI Level 2 for Practitioner, CMMI Level 3 for Practitioners, SCAMPI Lead Appraiser Training, and Understanding CMMI High Maturity Practices). People who will participate as SCAMPI Appraisal Team Members on a CMMI-DEV appraisal must also take this course.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Target Audience

  • Product or service developers
  • Process improvement practitioners and champions
  • Appraisal team members
  • Instructors and lead appraisers
  • Professionals interested in development management concepts


This course enables participants to:

  • Determine whether CMMI-DEV applies to your business context
  • Learn effective practices for defining, establishing, and managing product development
  • Sustain your improvement
  • Prepare for next steps, such as an appraisal or certification
  • Describe the components of the CMMI-DEV model and their relationships
  • Discuss the process areas
  • Describe the model content


  • Introduction
  • Process Improvement Concepts and the CMMI
  • Overview of CMMI Components
  • Model Representations, Generic Goals, and Generic Practices
  • Product Development
  • Project and Organizational Support
  • Implementation Infrastructure
  • High Maturity
  • Planning Your Next Steps

Included with this Workshop

Participants will receive the CMMI-DEV text book and a notebook containing the course slides and exercises. Students who successfully complete the class will also receive an official certificate of completion.