A process appraisal is an objective and practical method for evaluating and improving the processes of your organization. The purpose of an appraisal is to obtain consensus on the strengths and weaknesses of the engineering, service and management practices of an organization. It also provides an objective benchmark against the practices of the CMMI (Development model summary, Services model summary).
Everyone has his or her own idea of how the organization can be improved. Because of this, there can be disagreement about how to proceed, and this in itself hinders progress. An appraisal provides focus on the strengths and critical areas to improve.
The Process Group appraisals have the following features:
After an appraisal, your organization will have:
If your organization could benefit from any of the above objectives, we can show you how easily and quickly they can be achieved.
*Custom Class B (informal reduced scope) and Class C (gap analysis) appraisals can also be provided. These appraisals typically vary from 1-5 days and provide the organization (or selected teams) with feedback on their current CMMI implementation.
THE PROCESS GROUP
The Process Group principals are trained and certified by The CMMI Institute to perform CMMI Service and Development appraisals. Since 1989, they have been appraising organizations using the appraisal process (previous SPA and CBA-IPI methods for CMM). [Mary is also a certified SEI SCAMPI High Maturity Lead Appraiser.]
Neil and Mary have helped more than 120 organizations implement various CMMI (and previously CMM) levels and practices. Their appraisals have included a wide variety of industries, such as telecommunications, real-time embedded devices, services (sales, accounting), information systems, defense, and desktop applications. (See testimonials.)
In addition to this, we also offer consultation services that are designed to provide your organization with tangible results, and public speaking engagements that help you understand how your organization can improve its development and service process.
Process improvement planning
The Process Group recommends 2-3 days consulting assistance to help develop a process improvement plan following an appraisal. This plan is based on the findings from the appraisal, the business goals of the organization and the criteria for the next maturity level (if that is desired).
The Process Group book: "Making Process Improvement Work".
SCAMPI Method Description v1.3:
CMMI models: http://cmmiinstitute.com/cmmi-solutions/