CMMI Moves to Independent Business Unit

As the SEI prepares to transition CMMI activities (including the CMMI product suite) to a new, independent business unit operated by Carnegie Mellon University, we would like to keep you informed of new developments and information as they become available. Below are some answers to questions we've heard from Partners. 

Information posted May 22, 2012.

What changes are expected for CMMI?
With the support of our U.S. Department of Defense sponsor, the SEI plans to move CMMI work and products to a new organization by the end of calendar year 2012. After careful discussion with Carnegie Mellon University, we have decided to move CMMI to a new, independent business unit operated by Carnegie Mellon University. Further plans for the structure of this organization are being developed.
Why are these changes being made?
The SEI's work focuses on research and development. Because CMMI is now a mature technology and can sustain itself, it no longer falls under the SEI's mission.
What will this mean for SEI Partners?
We believe the new approach can bring more value to the community--and remove some of the restrictions that the SEI faces as a DoD Federally Funded Research and Development Center. Under this new approach the CMMI community can more fully face the market, respond to the market, and lead the market. The new organization will be driven by the market rather than sponsors and can be more responsive to Partners.

Without help from a sponsor, how will CMMI continue to be funded? Will Partner fees increase?
CMMI has been operating on its own, with no funding from the DoD, for a few years now. The new organization can bring a better focus to cost control and can encourage more entrepreneurial thinking than SEI can. We do not anticipate fee increases. 

What about CMMI’s reputation and image? Will customers begin to perceive CMMI as academic?
The new organization will not be academic; it will be focused on serving the partners and the community. Carnegie Mellon University has experience with non-academic arrangements in its operation of the SEI, other institutes, and even some for-profit ventures.

What about current contracts and licenses? Will Partners need to re-sign?
We are investigating all the contracts and licenses. Because the SEI is part of Carnegie Mellon (and therefore all SEI contracts are executed by Carnegie Mellon), we believe current contracts and licensing can remain in place. We will provide updates as information becomes available. 

Will SEI experts have a role in the new organization?
We believe it is important that key members of the SEI staff move to the new organization to provide continuity and depth. We know that the new organization will greatly benefit from the knowledge and expertise of people who have worked with CMMI. SEI staff members who have been instrumental in developing and disseminating CMMI may join the new organization.

Carnegie Mellon University understands the importance of keeping the CMMI knowledgebase strong and has entered into talks with some SEI staff members.

When will you know more?
We are currently working with Carnegie Mellon to draft a transition plan. We will post more information on this page as it becomes available.

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