Project Management has PMI, software development has CMMi, and now testing joins the team with the Test Maturity Model integration (TMMi ®). While both PMI and CMMi address testing under “quality,” they don’t go very deep.
As we have seen through industry trends around Agile, Lean and DevOps, quality does not start at the “Test Phase” but rather at the requirement phase. Continual improvement is part and parcel to building quality organizations that are ready to take on challenges rather than just hoping for the best. TMMi provides clarity on an organization’s test process maturity and targets where the organization wants to get to.
Originally developed in Ireland in 2007 by the TMMi Foundation, the TMMi concept has been adopted by many by many global software companies. This model is the best thing to happen to Software Development since someone said, “we really should test this code.” This may be an overstatement, but how many improvement projects or methodologies focus on Test as a discipline with standard metrics to gauge what areas need attention to gain maturity?
As CMMi does for software development, the TMMi Model separates testing into five Maturity Levels (Initial, Managed, Defined, Measured, and Optimized). Most organizations start at Initial and need to take deliberate, measured steps to reach Optimized.
Our presentation has two main goals:
- Provide an overview of the TMMi Framework maturity Levels, Process Areas, Specific Goals and Specific Practices
- Discuss how these can be used to do an assessment of software testing maturity and provide actionable areas to create a roadmap for improvement.
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