Maturity Level 3 (ML3) is recognized as a significant benchmark toward world-class systems engineering. By achieving a ML3 rating, SSC Atlantic has enhanced its ability to provide engineering capability to produce quality products for its clients. SSC Atlantic is responsible for providing systems and software engineering in support of the U.S. Navy and other Department of Defense and government activities worldwide.
“Earning Level 3 certification is a major milestone for SSC Atlantic’s integrated business units across various sites. This is an indication of our solid commitment to delivering high quality solutions and services to our customers,” said SSC Atlantic Technical Director Christopher Miller. “This continuous process improvement encourages innovation and creativity, and enables us to quickly adapt in a competitive and dynamic environment.”
The SPAWAR Command chose to implement CMMI® because it provides a structured model for process improvement. CMMI® is used to measure and improve an organization’s ability to successfully plan, manage, and execute complex projects and yields improvements in cost, schedule, quality, customer satisfaction, and return on investment.
In CMMI®, a project’s or organization’s progress is determined by informal internal assessments or formal appraisals. In this case, SSC Atlantic underwent the most formal type of CMMI® appraisal: a “Class A” Standard CMMI® Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPISM) v1.2 appraisal conducted by a Certified Lead Appraiser from the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).
Prior to the SCAMPISM, SSC Atlantic’s business units in Charleston, New Orleans, and Tidewater were all rated at CMMI® Maturity Level 3, but the organization as a whole could not claim a ML3 rating until the Command successfully completed the SCAMPISM A and the appraisal results were approved by the SEI.
The two-week SCAMPISM, which concluded on April 2, 2010, was sponsored by SSC Atlantic’s Chief Engineer Bruce Carter, who is the Director of Engineering Operations. The eight-person appraisal team was led by SEI-Certified Lead Appraiser Rick Barbour and consisted of experienced CMMI® instructors, lead appraisers, and consultants.
The 11 projects involved represented a cross-section of the engineering disciplines found at SSC Atlantic’s Charleston, New Orleans, and Tidewater business units. During the SCAMPISM A, the appraisal team reviewed 16,000 project documents and interviewed more than 150 SSC Atlantic CMMI® practitioners.
SSC Atlantic’s Maturity Level 3 rating is good for three years, after which the organization must undergo another formal SEI appraisal to determine whether it has continued to follow CMMI® best practices.
The projects and respective project managers who participated in the Command appraisal include:
· Automation Program (AP)
· Cryptographic Modernization (Crypto Mod) Integration & Installation
· Joint Threat Warning System (JTWS)
· Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy (SCN)
· Ship Signal Exploitation Space (SSES)
· Tactical Messaging System (TMS)
· Visual Information Display Systems (VIDS)
· Customer Support Center (CSC)
· Support Equipment Maintenance System (SEMS)
· Naval Tactical Command Support Systems (NTCSS) Patriot
· Shipboard Non-Tactical ADP Program (SNAP) Automated Medical System (SAMS)