CMMI was originated by SEI (Software Engineering Institute), sponsored by US Department of Defence. Later on SEI has transferred CMMI-related products and activities to the CMMI Institute, a 100%-controlled subsidiary of Carnegie Innovations, Carnegie Mellon University’s technology commercialization enterprise.
The below pictures illustrates the evolution of CMMI
When the era of computerized information systems started in 1960, there was a significant demand for software development. Even though software industry was growing rapidly, many processes for software development were amateur and project failure was common.