The CMMI appraisal lasted almost nine days and included the review of more than 300 departmental procedures as well as the involvement of approximately 350 engineers from avionics, embedded software, crew station, electronic flight controls, diagnostics, electrical systems and quality.
CMMI was developed by the Software Engineering Institute, a Department of Defense funded research center at Carnegie Mellon University whose core purpose is to help organizations make measured improvements in their system and software engineering capabilities.
"This achievement is the culmination of an intense 15-month effort that demonstrates the company's maturity as a system integrator and the value Sikorsky Aircraft places on process improvement and in delighting our customers. This achievement also aligns directly with Sikorsky's vision to be a premier systems integrator and system of systems element of choice," said Teresa Carleton, the Director of Avionics Systems Integration at Sikorsky.
CMMI provides an industry standard model for developing and appraising an organization's system and software product development process. There are five levels of maturity within CMMI. Level 4 certification means that an organization has a defined organization standard process and is actively measuring and controlling the process, in the aggressive pursuit of business and quality goals. The Avionics Systems Integration Team's certification is important because military customers are increasingly identifying CMMI as a requirement for participating in new business contracts and consider CMMI certification as a systems integration discriminator. Level 4 places Sikorsky in an elite group of organizations committed to product and process quality, and establishes a solid foundation for being a system of systems element of choice.