Michael West

Founder and Principal Consultant, Natural SPI



Michael West is a process and performance consultant, CMMII-Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, and AS9100 Auditor. He is the author of multiple trade publication articles and two books on process and performance improvement using the CMMI. Michael has presented or delivered keynote addresses at numerous industry conferences including: SEPG and SEPG Europe conferences, CMMI Workshops, NDIA CMMI, ICSPI, ITMPI webinars, EnergyTech, and Reliability Workshop.

Michael’s consulting and appraisal clients that use both ISO-based standards and the CMMI include NAVAIR, US Air Force, US Army, Orbital/ATK, DCS Corporation, Curtiss-Wright, BAE Systems, Chico’s IT, MITRE Corporation, PSL, and Crane Aerospace. Michael is founder and principal consultant of Natural Systems Process Improvement (Natural SPI), which has a 15-year successful record of helping organizations achieve their performance goals and strategies.

Track: CMMI Appraisals: Best Practices

Presentation Title: Beyond SCAMPI – Assessing an Organization’s Real Capability

Presentation Summary: People place too much weight on SCAMPIs and the value of SCAMPI results, and often believe that a maturity level rating is a proxy for “success!” But a SCAMPI only measures an organization’s process performance against the CMMI, and does not reveal anything about the underlying business dimensions that are critical to capability. In this presentation, Mr. West presents his appraisal approach that yields more meaningful information about an organization’s true capability by appraising process “ilities,” defined-performed process fidelity, process integration, improvement capabilities, and improvement culture.


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