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UAS Manufacturer Achieves CMMI Level 3 Assessment

AAI Corporation : 15 February, 2010  (Company News)
AAI Corporation’s Hunt Valley facility for testing and training on unmanned aerial vehicles has been assessed to CMMI Level 3 as required for the fulfilment of US military contracts
AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems has announced that several areas within the company have been appraised at Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level 3. Covering systems engineering and project management functions within AAI’s Hunt Valley, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Test & Training Systems and Advanced Systems organizations, the successful December 2009 assessment was led by Mark Rabideau, a licensed lead assessor and Six Sigma master black belt from Process Enhancement Partners. CMMI Level 3 appraisal is an explicit requirement in many US military development solicitations.

The CMMI model was developed by the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a federally funded research and development centre funded by the US Department of Defence. Within SEI’s internationally recognized CMMI, Level 3 is titled “Defined,” which means that processes are proactive and tailored for the organization. Level 3 organizations, such as AAI, can configure and deploy processes to meet the unique circumstances of each development effort, then share best practices and data across the organization for continuous improvement.

AAI previously secured and maintains a CMMI Level 5 assessment for its systems software function. CMMI Level 5 is titled “Optimising,” and is an indication that the organization is focused on data-driven process improvement.

“At AAI, we have a culture of continuous improvement, grounded in the fact that the smarter and more efficiently we work, the faster we can make our products and services available to the troops that need them,” says AAI’s Senior Vice President and General Manager Ellen Lord. “AAI’s achievement of CMMI Level 3 in program management and systems engineering, along with reassessment of the software function at Level 5, highlight our ability to be both agile and competent in the application of engineering and management to develop and integrate systems.”
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