Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) has reached a milestone globally, with Peta-Lee Wainer from Dariel Solutions in South Africa becoming the 100 000th individual to be trained in CMMI.

CMMI is a performance improvement framework that provides organisations with the essential elements of effective processes and can be used to guide process improvement across a project, division, or entire organisation.
It has been adopted by organisations in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, Central America and Africa.
Wainer received her training from the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE), which introduced CMMI in South Africa at the end of 2006 with the support of R1,5-million funding from the Department of Trade & Industry.
"This is truly a significant milestone for the Software Engineering Institute's (SEI), CMMI programme, and the process improvement community," says William Peterson, director of the US-based Carnegie Mellon SEI Process Management program, which developed CMMI.
"It reinforces the longevity and recognition of CMMI as the de facto standard in performance improvement and process management," he says.
Barry Dwolatzky, JCSE director, says a South African being featured in the achievement of this milestone shows that South Africa is part of a global effort behind process improvement. The JCSE has trained about 300 people in CMMI since it introduced its process improvement programme at the end of 2006, he says.
"The JCSE has been very active in the past two years in training people in CMMI and we're very honoured to have played a part in reaching the milestone of 100 000 individuals trained in CMMI," he says.
Wainer comments: "CMMI is at the forefront of process improvement because it provides organisations with the latest best practices for product and service development. CMMI enables us to link our management and engineering activities to business objectives, while ensuring that our products and services meet our customer expectations.
"I took the Introduction to CMMI course because of the reputation the SEI has in the global community," she says.