SCAMPI A Appraisal
A SCAMPI Class A appraisal, the most rigorous of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) process appraisal methods, is typically conducted when an organization has implemented a planned set of process improvements and needs to formally benchmark its process relative to the CMMI. SCAMPI A is the only appraisal method that provides a recognized CMMI Maturity Level rating.
What can you expect from a SCAMPI A?
- A Maturity Level rating or Capability Level ratings
- Findings that describe the strengths and weaknesses of your organization's processes relative to the CMMI
- Consensus regarding the organization's key process issues
- An appraisal database that the organization can continue to use to monitor process improvement progress and to support future appraisals.
What does a SCAMPI A involve?
We work closely with an organization's senior management and process improvement leaders to develop an optimal appraisal strategy, taking into account the organization's size and structure, its appraisal objectives, the target CMMI scope, and other factors that may be critical or unique to the organization.
Following the method developed by the Software Engineering Institute, a SCAMPI A is performed by a trained appraisal team lead by an SEI-Authorized Lead Appraisor. Usually team members are selected from qualified members of the appraised organization.
The organization prepares for the appraisal by identifying and organizing documents and other artifacts pertaining to the processes to be appraised. The appraisal team evaluates the process artifacts and collects additional data through discussions with people involved in project and organizational processes and presentations made to the team.
When the team has collected and verified a sufficient amount of data, preliminary findings, i.e., strengths and weaknesses, are prepared and validated by the appraisal participants. A final set of findings and appraisal ratings are then prepared and presented to the appraisal sponsor.
All appraisal data and results are entered and managed in Fido, our comprehensive appraisal tool.
What are Process Strategies' SCAMPI qualifications?
Process Strategies is an SEI Partner for SCAMPI appraisal services. Our Lead Appraisers were among the first appraisers authorized by the SEI and have been leading appraisals for clients worldwide since 1991. We are SEI-certified High Maturity Lead Appraisers and are well-qualified in the statistical and quantitative methods used at Maturity Levels 4 and 5.
How can Process Strategies support your appraisal needs?
To discuss your appraisal requirements and learn how we can help you address them, call or email us.