Defence contractor earns CMMI accreditation

Award for commitment to process and project management best practice

Defence Material Organisation contractor Tenix Defence Marine Division has been awarded Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level 3 accreditation for process management.

The accreditation was awarded following an appraisal by local consulting and software developer Object Consulting.

The CMMI Model, an international model for organizations seeking business-wide process improvement, can be used as a basis to appraise organizations, with ratings between 0 and 5. As a supplier of high-value, high-risk projects to the Australian government, achieving CMMI Level 3 accreditation means the division exceeds current Defence Materiel Organisation requirements.

Tenix Defence Marine Division executive general manager David Miller said the company set a tough goal of just over 18 months ago to achieve the accreditation.

"As one of the premier shipbuilders in Australia we believe that CMMI Level 3 accreditation signifies our commitment to quality outcomes and business improvement," Miller said.

To achieve the CMMI Level 3 accreditation, the Marine Division worked on business policies and processes for each of its 14 process areas, A marine asset library on the Tenix intranet to enable access to key project material, a centralized staff feedback log with suggestions for improvement, and a structured marine business process learning and development pack for delivering 33 learning modules.

Tenix Defence Marine Division business process improvement manager Tom Le Grice said the biggest challenge in achieving the accreditation was the initial establishment of a team of staff who could muster time, enthusiasm and energy to apply momentum across the organization.

"Our achievement would not have been possible without solid project preparation and business process," Le Grice said.

Object Consulting capability improvement practice lead appraiser Warwick Adler said Tenix has achieved this result in a very short duration and many organizations take three to four years to achieve the same outcome.

"The result is a formally recognized accreditation against an international standard that will dramatically increase the maturity and capability of the Marine Division," Adler said.

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