As a licensed CMMI Institute Partner, iPower offers a unique skill set that includes certified instructors for CMMI; certified lead/high maturity lead appraisers for appraisals against the CMMI model; certified Project Management Professionals (PMPs); certified lean six sigma and six sigma professionals; ISO 9000 professionals; ITIL certified engineers; quality assurance engineers; and process improvement engineers.
iPower is licensed to provide the Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI) and CMMI V2.0 appraisals. These appraisals are the standard tools for benchmarking process area capability and maturity level profiles, which provide insight into an organization's process area capability and maturity by identifying strengths and weaknesses of current processes relative to CMMI models and disciplines.
We support organizations using CMMI V1.3 (Development and Services) as well as the new CMMI V2.0 model. CMMI V2.0 is focused on building and improving organizational capabilities to create new value.
Consulting and Implementation Support Services
iPower’s experienced subject matter experts (SMEs) and process/quality engineers provide the full range of consulting and support services for organizations that are implementing CMMI-based processes. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
conducting formal and informal assessments and appraisals
highlighting strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement
providing hands-on coaching and mentoring support and facilitated work sessions
developing or reviewing process assets (e.g., organizational policies, processes, templates, SharePoint portals, etc.)
Independent Assessment Services
We perform assessments of processes against requirements and/or best practices that our clients have determined to be important in meeting their business objectives and goals. For example, ISO standards, CMMI Institute, or Lean Six Sigma standards might be the yardstick against which an organization is assessed. Once our process improvement engineers have reviewed project and organizational documentation, procedures and policies as necessary, they will conduct follow-on, structured interviews with key personnel who may include corporate staff, senior management, project managers, and other staff as appropriate. Our approach is non-threatening and unbiased, thus facilitating open and honest risk discussion among the participants. Our finding report may include: (1) a list of best practices that should be sustained; (2) a detailed report card against the selected standard; (3) identified risk areas; and/or (4) opportunities for improvement. Status assessments may be repeated periodically to observe changes and to make recommendations based on the current program status.
As a CMMI Institute Partner, iPower is licensed to perform external, objective appraisals and assessments for government and commercial organizations. Our appraisals provide insight into our clients' process capabilities and organizational maturity by identifying strengths and weaknesses of existing practices relative to selected reference models and disciplines.
SCAMPI (CMMI V1.3)
The SCAMPI family of appraisals includes Class A, B, and C appraisal methods based on the ARC standard, as well as the Action Plan Reappraisal. The SCAMPI A is the most rigorous method and 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. The SCAMPI A is the only class that provides a maturity or capability level rating to the organization. The Action Plan Reappraisal may be used if an organization fails to meet their targeted maturity level rating in a SCAMPI A.
The SCAMPI B provides options in model scope, but the characterization of practices is fixed to one scale and is performed on implemented practices. The SCAMPI B is often performed when an organization needs to accurately assess its progress towards a target CMMI Maturity Level. The SCAMPI C provides a wide range of options, including characterization of planned approaches to process implementation according to a scale defined by the user.
CMMI V2.0 Appraisals
The CMMI V2.0 family of appraisals includes Benchmark, Sustainment, and Evaluation appraisals, as well as the Action Plan Reappraisal. The Benchmark appraisal is the most rigorous method and 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. The Sustainment appraisal may be used following a Benchmark appraisal to extend the maturity level rating by two years. The Evaluation appraisal provides a wide range of options, including characterization of planned approaches to process implementation according to a scale defined by the user. The Action Plan Reappraisal may be used if an organization fails to meet their targeted maturity level rating in a Benchmark or Sustainment appraisal.
Appraisal Requirements for the CMMI (ARC) Appraisal Services
Our professionals apply the ARC* methodology in conducting formal assessments for internal process improvement and capability evaluations for supplier selection and process monitoring. For each organization evaluated, conditions and constraints under which the ARC is applied may vary greatly. There are 3 levels of ARC appraisals: Class C, Class B, and Class A. The advantage to ARC-based appraisals includes the flexibility in tailoring the method to fit the unique conditions and constraints of an organization. No third party reporting is required by the ARC.
* The Appraisal Requirements for CMMI (ARC) V1.3 define the requirements considered essential to appraisal methods intended for use with Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) models. It is the underlying standard for the Standard CMMI Assessment Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI) Services.