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CMMI Appraisal

CMMI Appraisal Strategy

CMMI Assessments like assessments based on SCAMPI Assessment Methods provide you with a report card on your Process Improvement Efforts. These CMMI Assessments also help you in prioritizing the areas of improvement and facilitate the development of strategy for consolidating the process improvements on a sustainable basis. The benefits that might be observed end the end of a CMMI Process Model Implementation cycle can be as follows:

  • Reduction of rework
  • Improvement in customer satisfaction
  • Projects on time and within budget
  • Employees see benefits
  • Reduction in cost

CMMI Assessments are carried out to check the compliance (evaluation) of CMMI Implementation in the organization. CMMI Assessments are not Management System Consulting in any manner. CMMI Assessments only bring out findings as we have findings in any Assessment. Hence these CMMI Assessments through the assessment report called Findings Presentation identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the organization. Hence the organization can use the CMMI Assessment Findings Presentation to consolidate the process improvements on a sustainable basis.

We can provide SEI Authorized Lead Appraisers, SEI Authorized High Maturity Lead Appraisers to carry out CMMI SCAMPI assessments in your organization.

We plan the CMMI SCAMPI Appraisal depending upon the organizational need as identified during Organizational Process Focus. The CMMI SCAMPI Appraisal planning process carried out by us is in full compliance to SEI Methodology and covers the following aspects:

  • Base-lining of Appraisal Objectives with Appraisal Sponsor
  • Mapping of Appraisal Objectives with Organizational Objectives
  • Determination of Focus Projects
  • Determination of Organizational Representation (Sampling) on Project basis and People-basis
  • Appraisal Resources and Appraisal Team Strategy
  • Planning of Appraisal Schedule
  • Appraisal Output Determination
  • Appraisal Constraints Determination
  • Appraisal Risk Management

CMMI SCAMPI Appraisal Classes

The SCAMPI family of appraisals includes Class A, B, and C appraisal methods.

SCAMPI A is the most rigorous method and the only method that can result in a rating.

SCAMPI B provides options in model scope, but the characterization of practices is fixed to one scale and is performed on implemented practices.

SCAMPI C provides a wide range of options, including characterization of planned approaches to process implementation according to a scale defined by the user.

Using SCAMPI B, every practice in the appraisal scope is characterized on a three point scale indicating the risk of CMMI goal satisfaction if the observed practices were deployed across the organizational unit. Model scope is not limited to the Process Areas but could include sets of related practices.

SCAMPI C can be scoped at any level of granularity and the scale can be tailored to the appraisal objectives, which might include the fidelity of observed practices to model/goal achievement or the return on investment to the organization from implementing practices.

Reliability, rigor, and cost might go down from A to B to C, but risk might go up.

Characteristics of CMMI SCAMPI Appraisal Classes

Characteristic Class A Class B Class C
Amount of objective evidence High Medium Low
Ratings generated Yes No No
Resource needs High Medium Low
Team size Large Medium Small

Publishing of CMMI SCAMPI Appraisal Results

Once the SCAMPI Appraisal is completed by our SEI CMMI Authorized Lead Appraiser, the AppraisaL The SEI publishes the Appraisal results on the PARS page. To find out more, see the Published Appraisal Results page. You can also view the Maturity Profiles, which demonstrate the use of SEI models and appraisal methods.
The intended goal and purpose of the CMMI Model and the SCAMPIsm family of appraisal methods is for process improvement. The outcome, which is entirely dependent on the organization implementing it, is a measurable increase in the quality of the products developed with a better ability to predict the time and budget needed to perform the development. The goal is to increase the organization’s ability to reliably develop products and services in a repeatable fashion with continual improvement.

Click here to view the Published Appraisal Results List on SEI PARS (Published Appraisal) web-site

Note: Some of the contents of these pages have been taken from SEI web-site at the following link:

Disclaimer: The CMMI Consulting services are provided by a separate legal entity in order to have full compliance to ISO 17021 and SEI Conflict of Interest Policy. The separate legal entity does not provide CMMI Assessment Services and will only provide CMMI Consulting Services.

CMMI Consultants from the other Legal entity are not allowed to carry out CMMI Assessment or ISO 9001 or similar assessments which are controlled by ISO 17021 and SEI Conflict of Interest Policy. On the other hand, DQS Certification India’s CMMI Assessors and Management System Auditors (like for ISO 9001, 14001) are not allowed to carry out CMMI Consulting.

For Conflict of Interest Management and Impartiality Policy with respect to CMMI Assessment and ISO Assessment, please refer DQS Certification India Conflict of Interest Management and Impartiality Policy.

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