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Ames Intelligent Systems Division Achieves CMMI Maturity Level 2 Rating

The Intelligent Systems Division (Code TI) successfully completed a SCAMPI A appraisal of the division’s Class B and C software projects and achieved a CMMI Maturity Level 2 rating. The Ames Systems Safety and Mission Assurance Division (Code QS) provided the essential Product and Process Quality Assurance process area support.

BACKGROUND: CMMI is a process model for software engineering established by the Software Engineering Institute at CMU, and is similar to ISO-9001, AS-9100, and other industry process standards. NPR 7150.2 Software Engineering Requirements specifies that all organizations that develop software Class B and above must have a CMMI rating. SCAMPI (Standard CMMI Appraisal Methodology for Process Improvement) is the SEI-defined methodology for appraising an organization’s software development processes and for determining whether the level of process implementation is sufficient to award the organization a particular CMMI rating. A Maturity Level 2 rating means that the organization has satisfactorily met all the specific and generic goals defined by the SEI in the areas of Project Planning, Requirements Management, Project Monitoring and Control, Configuration Management, Measurement and Analysis, Supplier Agreement Management, and Product and Process Quality Assurance.

The appraisal preparation was a collaborative effort involving personnel from Code TI, Code QS, Code R, and the Ames Office of the Chief Engineer.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: This effort was supported by the ARC Intelligent Systems Division (Code TI) and the ARC Systems Safety and Mission Assurance Division (Code QS), with additional funding from the NASA Office of the Chief Engineer Software Engineering Program.

PARTICIPATING SOFTWARE PROJECTS: Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) Flight Software; Mission Control Technologies (MCT); Scheduling and Planning Interface for Exploration (SPIFe).

APPRAISAL SPONSOR: Dennis Koga, Deputy Division Chief, Intelligent Systems Division.

APPRAISAL TEAM: William van Dalsem (ARC Office of the Chief Engineer), Wei Lin (Code R), Cyrus Chow (Code QS), David Hall (SGT Inc., Code TI) and Jay Kovacs (SGT Inc., Code TI).

APPRAISAL PREPARATION TEAM: Bob Duffy (Code TI), Silvano Colombano (Code TI), Charlotte Linde (Code TI), Mitch Ai-Chang (Code QS), Cyrus Chow (Code QS), Guille Del Carmen (Code QS)

Contact: Bob Duffy

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