Monday, January 25, 2010

Northrop Grumman's Defense Systems Division Achieves CMMI(R) Maturity Level 5 Rating

Northrop Grumman's Defense Systems Division Achieves CMMI(R) Maturity
Level 5 Rating
January 25, 2010

HERNDON, Va., -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Defense Systems division has received the Software Engineering Institute's (SEI) Capability Maturity Model Integration for Development (CMMI-DEV(R)) Level 5, the highest rating possible.

The CMMI for Development model is used to appraise and
recognize best practices in software engineering and systems

Within the last three years, Northrop Grumman has achieved 10
CMMI Level 5 appraisals, more than any other any U.S. defense or
commercial company, and more than one-fifth of the 48 CMMI Level 5
appraisals reported by all North American companies. Northrop Grumman
is also the only company, worldwide, with appraisals in the three CMMI
models -- development, acquisition and service.

CMMI is an industry-recognized standard for benchmarking process
integration and improvement. The framework defines a set of objective
standards for assessing an organization's full range of engineering and
organizational processes.

The appraisal of the Defense Systems Division was conducted by
external organizations and performed in accordance with the Standard
CMMI(R) Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPISM) Class A

"This achievement demonstrates the ongoing commitment within
Defense Systems to employ processes to achieve repeatable results on
our programs and deliver lower risk and higher performance to our
customers," said Barry Rhine, vice president and general manager
of Defense Systems for Northrop Grumman's Information Systems sector.
"By conducting external appraisals of our projects, we continually
affirm our staunch commitment to process improvement and the
integration of best practices throughout each project's lifecycle.
That's a core competency and a key discriminator for Northrop

"This was one of the largest appraisals I have conducted,
covering more than 10,000 employees, spanning the country, and
including 24 programs. Despite the large scope, I am extremely
impressed how Northrop Grumman plans, manages and executes programs in
a systematic manner, shares and utilizes knowledge, and delivers
products and services across the division," said Ralph Williams,
external Lead Appraiser from Cooliemon, Inc. "Senior management at this
sector understands the importance of their processes and documented
best practices and is continuously improving and leveraging Six Sigma
and CMMI initiatives to reduce rework and waste. Defense Systems should
be very proud of such a rare achievement."

The CMMI(R) standard was developed by a coalition of industry,
government and SEI to objectively assess the full range of an
organization's software and systems engineering, program management and
organizational management capabilities. There are five levels of
CMMI(R) maturity, each a layer in the foundation for ongoing process
improvement, designated by the numbers one through five with five being
the highest. High maturity levels signify lower risks to successful
program execution.

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