CMMI® v2.0: Foundations of Capability

The official CMMI® Institute certified course, packed with our special bonuses

Why Take This Course

Pave the way for better operations and performance in your organization.


This two-day class gives you a basic understanding of the core content of the most recent version of CMMI -- V2.0. To make it more practical, you'll likely follow it up with one or more supplemental classes, like Building Development Excellence or Building Service Excellence.

(CMMI V1.3 fans: The V2.0 rough equivalent of the three-day Introduction to CMMI V1.3 is the two-day Foundations of Capability followed by the appropriate one-day Building Excellence course [Development or Services].) 


This course is only available through in-person, instructor-led training, and is the de facto standard way of learning CMMI.

In our delivery of this class, we also provide you with a true appreciation of the model. We'll give you examples and practical implementation guidelines -- not part of the "official" course. (During one of our popular "CMMI: Truth or Bigfoot (legend)" examples, you might even win a Bigfoot!)

Who Should Attend

This class should be attended by:

  • Anyone interested in improving the performance of any organization that develops products or delivers services

  • Anyone heavily involved in CMMI V2.0-based improvement

  • Candidate CMMI V2.0 Appraisal Team Members (ATMs)

  • People interested in becoming a Certified CMMI Associate or Certified CMMI Professional

  • People who may ultimately want to take supplemental or more advanced courses (for which this is a pre-requisite)

  • Anybody else interested in learning more about CMMI V2.0: executives, managers, developers, service providers...

What You'll Learn

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Connect the CMMI with business value

  • Use CMMI as a tool for improving performance

  • Understand basic process improvement principles

  • Describe the components of CMMI V2.0 and how they work together

  • Discuss each of the core Practice Areas in the model 

  • Interpret core content of CMMI V2.0 to serve effectively on an appraisal or process improvement team (after taking an appropriate Building Excellence course)

  • Describe different ways to implement the CMMI

  • Know what it takes to be Maturity Level 2, 3, and beyond

  • Understand the high-level value of a CMMI appraisal

  • Know where to find information in the model

  • Know how to get started

  • Compete effectively at your local watering-hole's CMMI Trivia Night.


This description has not yet been modified to reflect takeaways from our virtual courses.
  • Online Model Viewer access for 30 days (a $150 value), typically beginning a few days before class

  • CMMI Associate exam credit (a $250 value); passing the exam is a requirement for V2.0 Appraisal Team Members; exam must be taken within 30 days after class

  • Online access to all standard CMMI Institute slides

  • Official CMMI Institute certificate (upon completion)

PLUS - Only When We Teach It

We've famously made the Foundations of Capability course our own, with 98% original content!!!

Unlike every other vendor, we offer:

  • Thrilling, dynamic proprietary slides and exercises - 98% original content!

  • Student binder of all 400+ slides

  • Supplementary 30-page binder including CMMI V2.0 quick reference guide and essential diagrams

  • Nifty embossed leatherette journal and pen to document your CMMI adventure

  • Convenient embroidered carrying bag for all student materials and swag

  • Our unique learning environment full of music, game shows, humor, and more!!!

  • Other fun prizes and giveaways, if you're lucky. Maybe even one opf our famous lying monkeys!


Course outline

Our CMMI V2.0 courses are composed of occasional lectures combined with lots of exercises to make sure you understand the model. (Don't worry; the exercises are sometimes "games" -- and we make them fun!) To receive credit for the class, you need to actively participate throughout the entire course, without missing any class time.

You must bring a laptop or electronic tablet to class, to access the online Model Viewer. We strongly recommend you also bring a pdf of the model, either on your laptop or in printed form (in case of technology problems).

Here's a class outline, but please realize that it's subject to change. (Currently accurate as of: October 2019.) We're constantly improving our courses based on student feedback, and revising to reflect changes to the model.

Day One

Class Kick-off: Wake Up!


1.1 Welcome!

Exercise: Your Stakeholder Needs
Exercise: Three Improvement Ideas

1.2 Performance Excellence & CMMI

Exercise: Performance & Capability - Examples

Exercise: Excellent Companies - Examples

1.3 CMMI V2.0 Product Suite

Exercise: Online Model Viewer Access (Walkthrough)

Exercise: What's New (for V1.3 Fans), What's Interesting (For Everyone Else)

1.4 CMMI V2.0 Model Structure​

  • CategoriesCapability Areas

  • Practice Areas (PAs)Practice Groups (Levels)Practices

  • Views

Game: Capability Areas

Exercise: Practice Area Structure

1.5 Doing the Work

  • Overview of PAs Specific to the Following Categories (detailed in add-on courses):

    • Engineering and Developing Products (EDP)

    • Delivering and Managing Services (DMS)

    • Selecting and Managing Suppliers (SMS)

Exercise: Identifying Capability Areas and Practice Areas

1.6 Ensuring Quality (ENQ)

  • Requirements Development and Management (RDM)

  • Process Quality Assurance (PQA)

  • Verification and Validation (VV)

  • Peer Reviews (PR)

Exercise: Practice Area Abbreviation Game

1.7 Planning and Managing Work (PMW)

  • Estimating (EST)

  • Planning (PLAN)

  • Monitor and Control (MC)

Exercise: Capability Area Game

1.8 Managing Business Resilience (MBR)

  • Risk and Opportunity Management (RSK)

1.9 Day 1 Wrap-up

Exercise: I Know, I Still Want to Know

Exercise: Name the PA

Homework Assignment

+ Optional Additional Assignment (for Over-Achievers)

Day Two

2.1 Warm-up

Exercise: One-Word Feedback (How's Class So Far?)

Exercise: Assign PAs to Your Improvement Ideas

Game: Name the PA

2.2 Sustaining Habit & Persistence (SHP)

  • Governance (GOV)

  • Implementation Infrastructure (II)

Exercise: Map GOV/II Practices to Typical Organizational Success Factors

2.3 Supporting Implementation (SI)

  • Causal Analysis and Resolution (CAR)

  • Decision Analysis and Resolution (DAR)

  • Configuration Management (CM)

Game: PA Abbreviations

The Hidden Practice Area!

2.4 Improving Performance (IMP)

  • Process Management (PCM)

  • Process Asset Development (PAD)

  • Managing Performance and Measurement (MPM)

Exercise: Practice Area Relationships

Exercise: Identifying Practices

2.5 Maturity & Capability Levels

Exercise: Elevator Speeches

2.6 Appraisals


2.7 Putting It All Together

Game: Name the PA

Exercise: Scenario Evaluation

2.8 Next Steps

Graduation Ceremony

Musical Send-off!!

Enrollment options

You come to us.

Public classes

We offer this class regularly at our training center in Reston VA (near DC).

Or we come to you.

Private classes

Got 5 or more students? We'll come to you! Prices start at $6700 + $400 per student.


Bill Smith

CEO | CMMI Instructor​

Cell: 571.232.0146

Leading Edge Process Consultants LLC

11160-C1 South Lakes Drive, #166

Reston, VA 20191

Fax: 866.264.2664

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