The CMMI Acquisition Module

[Note: The CMMI-AM is a module, which is an excerpt from the CMMI Version 1.1. The SEI recently announced the release of CMMI for Acquisition (CMMI-ACQ), Version 1.3.]

One way to improve acquisition practices is to build systems right the first time by ensuring that the acquisition processes needed for a technically sound project are defined, implemented, measured, and maintained.

The Acquisition Module is a condensed form of the CMMI Framework that defines effective and efficient acquisition practices, directed both internally toward the acquisition project and externally toward project monitoring and control of the selected contractors and suppliers. These practices provide a basis for acquisition process discipline while balancing the need for agility: the module identifies practices that should be performed but does not prescribe specific implementation approaches.

The CMMI Acquisition Module (CMMI-AM), Version 1.1, was written by Tom Bernard, Brian Gallagher, Roger Bate, and Hal Wilson, (CMU/SEI-2005-TR-011, ESC-TR-2005-011) and released in May 2005.

Related Reports and Articles


Applying CMMI to Systems Acquisition (PDF), Gallagher, Brian P. and Shrum Sandra, CrossTalk, August 2004

Technical Note

Introduction to the Architecture of the CMMI Framework, the CMMI Architecture Team, SEI, CMU/SEI-2007-TN-009. This document is an introduction to the CMMI® Framework architecture, which guides how CMMI products are developed and integrated. The architecture describes the structure, terminology, and required content of every CMMI model.

Technical Note

Self-Assessment and the CMMI-AM – A Guide for Government Program Managers, Blanchette, Stephen, Jr. and Keeler, Kristi L., SEI, CMU/SEI-2005-TN-004


Using CMMI with Suppliers - the Acquirer's Concerns, Phillips, Mike, SEI, news@sei, 2005