Selex SI achieves CMMI level 3 rating certification also for Defence systems

After having achieved the level 3 rating CMMI(r) (Capability Maturity Model(r) Integration) in the domain of Large Systems for defence and security and in the Civil systems domain, SELEX Sistemi Integrati, a Finmeccanica company, has reached another important result by having been recently qualified level 3 rating in CMMI(r) also for the Defence Systems. With this last certification the company is totally certified at CMMI(r) level 3 rating for all the sectors of its activity, also included the transversal ones as the Engineering department which underwent an assessment in all the three certifications reached. CMMI(r) is an international standard which certifies the maturity and the quality of industrial organizations. The certification acquired proves the capabilities and competencies obtained by SELEX Sistemi Integrati to efficiently manage integrated defence systems which are extremely complex and strategic. The new certification was obtained thanks to the validity of the management model used, the structured management of the improvement process, the integrated project teams, the integrated platform to support the teams' work, the milestones control system. An increased attention towards the suppliers' quality assurance and products fully compliant with the high international quality standards have also made the difference for the achievement of the level 3 rating. The effort made by SELEX Sistemi Integrati towards the continuous improvement of company processes has been rewarded by this success which places SELEX Sistemi Integrati among the most important defence and security companies in the world totally certified CMMI(r) level 3 rating" - underlined Maurizio Cicolani, Quality Assurance and Business Improvement director, who added: "The company top management has always believed in the importance of structured and effective processes. This is why we embarked on a path of change and of process innovation with full determination. This is what brought to the application of a new management model and a more careful focus on product quality." "Thanks to a deep assessment activity, performed by the analysis of more than 30.000 documents, about 450 interviews within the company and spread over the 18 process areas analyzed, SELEX Sistemi Integrati has reached a goal which we can consider as unique within the Italian scenario. The appraisal made into the Finmeccanica company is in fact the widest and most complex appraisal ever done in Italy"- specified Giuseppe Magnani, lead appraiser, who managed the certification on behalf of the Software Engeneering Institute (SEI), the certification agency of the CMMI model. The lead appraiser added: "The results obtained by SELEX Sistemi Integrati, considering the perimeter and the selected operational units, confirm the great attention of the company in adopting advanced models for process continuous improvement." The acquisition of the CMMI(r) level 3 will guarantee SELEX Sistemi Integrati's customers a certified reliability in terms of products and associated risks management and will allow the Finmeccanica company to have a privilege position among the main competitors operating within the defence systems domain. The CMMI(r), belonging to the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Carnegie Mellon University based in Pittsburgh (USA) and sponsored by the US Department of Defence, is an integrated model which analyses the company process development and improvement and was created to evaluate the continuous evolution of companies and of processes maturity within the companies to allow them to cope with the strategic challenges in a better and better organised and structured way.

Source: Selex SI
Date: Aug 8, 2011