RESTON, Va., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has
attained a Level 4 rating for software engineering as defined by the Software
Engineering Institute's (SEI(SM)) Capability Maturity Model Integration
(CMMI(R)) at another of its operations. The results of the successful
appraisal place Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC's (RTSC) Indianapolis
operation within an elite group as one of only 50 companies worldwide that
have obtained a CMMI Level 4 or 5.
The appraisal team, led by independent third-party appraiser John
Ryskowski, conducted extensive interviews with Indianapolis employees and
reviewed more than 3,800 artifacts, covering all the programs in the operation
that perform software development. In announcing the results of the
appraisal, Ryskowski was complimentary of the multi-level support for process
improvement he encountered in this effort and the relatively short period of
time involved in completing the preparation for the appraisal.
"Long-term relationships can often burden change, but that was not the
case here," Ryskowski said. "In addition, while the newness of some of the
processes is apparent, the completeness of their adoption is also apparent."
"This significant achievement by our Indianapolis operation is another
step forward in our drive to provide real process improvements for the benefit
of our customers," stated John Gatti, RTSC vice president of engineering,
technology, quality and program performance. "CMMI is a critical element of
our systems approach to enable us to deliver predictable quality while
effectively managing risk. The successful Software Level 4 appraisal is a
significant accomplishment that would not have been possible without the
dedication and hard work of our employees and the support of Raytheon's North
Texas organization, which previously attained CMMI Level 5 for software
engineering and Level 3 for systems engineering."
CMMI maturity levels are increasingly used by government agencies and
contractors to evaluate the potential for organizations to produce quality
products on time and within budget. The independent appraisers reviewed
software engineering using the prescribed Standard CMMI(SM) Appraisal Method
for Process Improvement (SCAMPI(SM)).
"The CMMI Level 4 rating reflects the disciplined but flexible software
engineering approach that we apply to a wide variety of project types and
sizes," stated Robert Butcher, general manager of RTSC's Indianapolis
operation. "It is also a tribute to the exceptional talent and customer-focus
of our engineering personnel. Driven by the goal of providing superior
customer satisfaction, they continually pursue process improvements such as
CMMI that realize increased cost-effectiveness, improved delivery schedules,
and high quality."
Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC provides technology solutions for
defense, federal and commercial customers worldwide. It specializes in
customized engineering services; logistics and supply chain management;
training; and science, research and technology.
Raytheon Company, with 2003 sales of $18.1 billion, is an industry leader
in defense and government electronics, space, information technology,
technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With
headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 78,000 people worldwide.
Note to Editors: Additional Information
Raytheon has a three-pronged approach to achieving process excellence:
Integrated Product Development System, an integrated set of best practices
tailored for the entire product life-cycle; Raytheon Six Sigma(TM), tools that
deliver value and integrate best practices for continuous process improvement;
and CMMI, process requirements and appraisal methods for creating, measuring,
managing and improving specific processes to assess process maturity.
CMMI(R) is registered in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office by Carnegie
SOURCE: Raytheon Company
Web site: http://www.raytheon.com/