Many of you are familiar with these five levels of maturity from the Capability Maturity Model Integration® (CMMI®) or its predecessor CMM®. CMMI is a process improvement approach that provides organizations with the essential elements for improving their ability to successfully deliver projects that meet business needs. It can be used to guide process improvement across a project, a division, or an entire organization. CMMI helps integrate traditionally separate organizational functions, set process improvement goals and priorities, provide guidance for quality processes, and provide a point of reference for appraising current processes. For detailed information about CMMI go to www.sei.cmu.edu/cmmi.