April 16, 2004

TCG SEI-assessed at CMMI Level 2

Formal recognition of superior process management

Washington, DC, April 16, 2004: TCG, a leading provider of grants management solutions to the Federal government, today announced that it has achieved assessment at Capability Maturity Model Integration Maturity Level 2 (CMMI Level 2 for Software as defined by the CMMI version 1.1). TCG, a Washington, DC, based small business, is one of few1 companies worldwide to have achieved such recognition of process excellence.

CMMI is the de-facto worldwide standard of excellence in software engineering. Numerous U.S. federal departments and private sector organizations have made compliance with CMMI best practices an eligibility requirement in order to compete on certain contracts. The assessment is extremely difficult to obtain for small businesses.

Achieving Level 2 certification places TCG among a select group of CMMI-rated software-development organizations worldwide. TCG was judged on more than 150 key practices in an intensive evaluation by a Software Engineering Institute (SEI)-approved assessment team. The team evaluated TCG’s processes for software development, with a focus on TCG’s Federal government work.

TCG achieved its CMMI Level 2 certification after an intense nine-month effort. TCG’s Software Engineering Process Office (SEPO) led the formalization of engineering best practices. To prepare for the assessment, the company created an interactive online Project Asset Library (PAL), unlike any PAL that the SEI-certified Lead Assessor had previously encountered. Populated with artifacts from the company’s Federal projects, the PAL successfully demonstrated TCG’s best practices.

CMMI Level 2 demonstrates TCG’s ongoing commitment to improving the efficiency and efficacy of its software development processes and therefore the quality of the software it delivers. CMMI Level 2 status is a recognized indicator worldwide that TCG provides premier IT services to its clients.

“At our founding, we made a commitment to project excellence. I am delighted that the outstanding products of that commitment have been formally recognized,” said Daniel Turner, President of TCG. “Competing in the Federal marketplace as a small business can be tough. This achievement is tremendously important for our customers and advantageous to our company.”

The company is now committed to achieving CMMI Level 3.

About Turner Consulting Group
TCG (Turner Consulting Group) specializes in delivering grants management solutions to the Federal government, and is responsible for pioneering integration work with Grants.gov, the government’s grants applications portal.

TCG focuses on helping government agencies use the power of the Internet and the Web to better interact with the public, and to generate internal cost savings and efficiencies. TCG projects have won awards for their groundbreaking achievements, including piloting the first inter-agency grants management system, and creating the first and only inter-agency government system to receive secure information from the general public. That system, Interagency Edison (http://www.iedison.gov), was built in 1995 for NIH’s specific needs. Today the system serves the invention and patent reporting requirements of 21 Federal agencies.

TCG was one of the fastest-growing privately-held companies in the United States in 2001, as ranked by Inc. magazine. The firm has been on Washington Technology’s Fast 50.

For more information contact David G. Cassidy at 202–742-8471 or david.cassidy@tcg.com.

About SEI and CMM
The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense through the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics [OUSD (AT&L).

The SEI’s core purpose is to help others make measured improvements in their software engineering capabilities.

SEI has developed six Capability Maturity Models. CMMI is the result of SEI’s continuing efforts to define maturity models that describe best practices for engineering organizations. Prior to CMMI, SEI defined Software CMM (SW-CMM), which has now been sunset to encourage adoption of CMMI.

The SEI’s goals in developing CMMs include

  • addressing software engineering and other disciplines that have an affect on software development and maintenance
  • providing integrated process improvement reference models
  • building broad community consensus
  • harmonizing with related standards
  • enabling efficient improvement across disciplines relevant to software development and maintenance

For more information about CMMI, see http://www.sei.cmu.edu/cmmi/cmmi.html.