Organizational maturity models architectures: A systematic literature review

Viviana Saavedra, Abraham Dávila, Karin Melendez, Marcelo Pessoa

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Maturity models (MMs) are tools to assess how reliable is an organization and to identify its strengths and weaknesses. The increasing number of MMs developed for several domains or specific contexts based on different architectural styles (AS’s), makes more difficult its understanding and reuse. This paper aims to identify and compare the AS’s of organizational MMs for different domains. A Systematic Literature Review (SLR) was conducted. The SLR included 70 studies that describe the architecture of MMs for different contexts. A classification scheme was defined and tested with a group of MMs. Another group of MMs adopted the AS of existing models. As a result, the MMs found were classified into nine AS’s. The AS’s derived from SW-CMM and CMMIstaged are quite similar. The ISO-SPICE-based and the OPM3-based architectures are the most different. The AS’s most used in studies were the CMMIbased and the progression-staged model.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrends and Applications in Software Engineering - Proceedings of CIMPS 2016
EditorsAlvaro Rocha, Adriana Pena, Jezreel Mejia, Tomas San Feliu, Mirna Munoz
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783319485225
StatePublished - 2017
EventInternational Conference on Software Process Improvement, CIMPS 2016 - Aguascalientes, Mexico
Duration: 12 Oct 201614 Oct 2016

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


ConferenceInternational Conference on Software Process Improvement, CIMPS 2016


  • Maturity model
  • Maturity model architecture
  • Maturity model development
  • Organizational maturity


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