An appraisal is an activity that helps you to identify strengths and weaknesses of your organization’s processes and to examine how closely the processes relate to CMMI (or People CMM) best practices. Preparing for an appraisal helps your organization to do any of the following:
- Plan an improvement strategy for your organization.
- Determine the CMMI levels that represent how well your organization’s processes conform to CMMI.
- Mitigate risks for product and service acquisition, development, delivery, and monitoring.
- Demonstrate to customers and business partners the soundness of your processes by having your appraisal results available on the Published Appraisal Results (PARS) site.
By knowing the appraisal results of prospective suppliers and business partners, you can make better decisions about creating business relationships with them. The appraisal results of competitors help you to understand them and compete more effectively.
The Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI) is the official CMMI (and People CMM) appraisal method used to evaluate organizations’ processes and provide ratings. This method is documented in the SCAMPI Method Definition Document, which is one of the appraisal reference documents used during an appraisal. Look through the appraisal publications for this and other useful publications.
The SCAMPI includes three appraisal classes. SCAMPI A appraisals are officially recognized appraisals that result in benchmark quality ratings (e.g., maturity levels). SCAMPI B & C appraisals are less rigorous appraisals designed to provide information for process improvement or the status of process improvement work.
For a detailed discussion of the relationship of SCAMPI to CMMI, see the CMMI Appraisal Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
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