This document focuses on the capability maturity model for the IT governance process. This capability maturity model (CMM) describes a maturity curve on these capability levels: initial/ad hoc, repeatable, defined, managed, and optimized, along with these parameters: strategic alignment, value delivery, risk management, resource management, and performance management.
The CMM is a framework that describes an improvement path from an ad-hoc, immature process to a mature, disciplined process focused on continuous improvement. The CMM defines the state of a process using a common language that is based on the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute Capability Maturity Model. The CMM consists of a continuum of five process maturity levels, enabling process owners to rate the state, or maturity, of a given process as Initial, Repeatable, Defined, Managed or Optimizing. It applies to any process within an organization and, when applied effectively, improves the ability of organizations to meet goals for cost, schedule, functionality and quality and is a useful tool when communicating with stakeholders. This model establishes a yardstick against which to determine and pursue improved performance.