CMMI Appraisals

The SCAMPI℠ (Standard CMMI® Appraisal Method for Process Improvement)  appraisal method has two primary objectives:

  • Support, enable, and encourage an organization’s commitment to process improvement.
  • Provide an accurate picture of the strengths and weaknesses of the organization’s current process, using the CMMI® as a reference model, and identify areas for improvement.

If you are just starting out you may wish to take advantage of the on-line CMMI Virtual Advisor assessment. For a relatively small fee you can get an idea of your organization’s strengths and weaknesses. Go to http://www.assessyourcapability.com/ to get started. Please use code MDM2016. We will be happy to discuss your results with you and consider what the best next steps might be.
Please call us to discuss scheduling an appraisal if that is your next step.

APPRAISAL TYPES

A SCAMPI℠ Class A appraisal

typically requires four to eight people plus a Lead Appraiser for 5 to 10 days, depending on the complexity and scope of the appraisal. Teams are recommended to have a mix of organization and outside members. Because of the considerable cost associated with formal appraisals, they must be scheduled to provide maximum benefit to the organization. The normal output of a SCAMPI℠ is a findings briefing which includes Process Area strengths and weaknesses and Goal/Process Maturity Level satisfaction. A written final report is optional.

A mini-appraisal

is a reduced-scale modification of a SCAMPI℠ where a trained and experienced appraiser from outside the organization reviews the documented processes and implementation evidence and conducts several group interviews. The purpose of the mini-appraisal is to provide an independent verification of self-appraisal results and provide suggestions for improvements based on an independent review. The mini-appraisal findings are generally quite accurate.

A Mentored Self-Appraisal (MSA)

requires a trained and experienced Lead Appraiser who provides CMMI® training and administers a self-appraisal in a group setting with selected organization members. The purpose of the MSA is to ensure that an organization understands the meaning and intent of the model and to provide an independent validation of the self-appraisal results. Accuracy of MSA findings tends to be fair, with the cost and organization disruption being low. The MSA is quite useful as an initial organization activity to provide understanding of the model and the organization’s processes at a relatively low cost.

APPRAISAL LIFE CYCLE

APPRAISAL STARTUP

  • Determine organization sponsor’s appraisal needs and goals
  • Identify appraisal scope
  • Identify site coordinator*
  • Agree on appraisal outputs

* The site coordinator, a critical position, ensures sponsor involvement, identifies and supports appraisal participants and appraisal team members, secures facilities, equipment and supplies, and provides adequate documentary evidence. An Appraisal Preparation Guide is available to assist organizations in carrying out those responsibilities.

APPRAISAL PLANNING

  • Develop appraisal plan
  • Select appraisal participants
  • Select appraisal team members
  • Prepare and train the team
  • Prepare document evidence
  • Prepare organization facilities
  • Select appraisal interviewees

APPRAISAL EXECUTION

  • Conduct initial document review
  • Conduct opening meeting
  • Interview key organization personnel
  • Consolidate information
  • Prepare and present draft findings and final findings
  • Conduct executive session

APPRAISAL CLOSEDOWN

  • Wrap up appraisal
  • Capture lessons learned
  • Get team member feedback
  • Submit appraisal documents to CMMI Institute

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