Nathan Cline is an Embedded Software Engineer at the Northrop Grumman, Annapolis campus. He has received numerous company awards for both technical achievements and process improvements since joining the company in June 2015. Nathan graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and from the University of California at Irvine with a Certificate in Project Management. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Systems Engineering at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Business Results Through CMMI
The "Cost" of Software Process
Many modern day proposals and contracts are structured around a specific Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) level which serves to guide design, implementation, and process improvement. As the CMMI level increases, so too does the quality of the product and subsequently the performance of the organization. However, many teams largely dismiss submitting proposals meeting or exceeding these CMMI levels due to the supposed minimal return on investment. To counter this presumption, I have collected quantitative results via analysis of SEER-SEM models from a variety of program sizes and areas which show a decrease in software effort of up to 25% by operating at CMMI level 3 or higher.