The capability maturity model describes a maturity curve on these capability levels: INITIAL
, which describes a poorly aligned function with non-documented strategies, manual management processes; REPEATABLE
, which describes a loosely aligned function supported by informal policies applied to processes performed by personnel with mixed skill levels; DEFINED
, which describes a strategic management structure in place with well-defined processes supported by an organized and highly trained team; MANAGED
, which describes a function aligned with the organizational strategic plan and personnel; and OPTIMIZED
, which describes a management process performed at an optimal level with best practices in full use.