Assess-IT, Inc, is a full service consultancy spanning a variety of markets, industries, and methodologies.
Our flexible range of services lets the organization keep its hand on the wheel and rely on us for navigating difficult turns in the process road. For both standard and high maturity engagements, the following guidance applies. Duration of each engagement is determined by you and your organization’s needs.
The place to on-ramp your process efforts, jumpstart programs and prepare to pass a Level 2 or 3 appraisal. Our goal is to reduce the complexities into digestible information that resonates with your organization. The components addressed by standard maturity consulting and development include:
- Process components and sub-components
- Organization command media
- Infrastructural elements
- Configuration control
- Objective measures of both progress and success.
We’ve helped many organizations reach high maturity with targeted consulting in areas that clients find most problematic, such as:
- Process stability and capability
- Causes of variation
- Uses of statistical and graphical techniques
- Basic Six Sigma
- High Maturity using statistics
Considered a training extension, this consulting package offers remote or on-site support during the PII development phase and reinforces the importance of properly creating the PIIs. Current industry heuristics indicate that it takes approximately ½ to 1 day to develop the PIIs for one project in one Process Area.
Whether formal or informal, the appraisal process is the best way to find where you are on the process map. We’ve conducted dozens of appraisals at all levels of maturity. The durations below are based on historical data and serve as a starting point for estimating resources, budgets and schedules.
Informal, Baseline or Class C Appraisal
For the organization just getting started that may not have been following their processes for a sufficient period of time, an Informal Appraisal provides a flexible means to demonstrate that the documented processes are compliant, and would support a positive outcome from a formal appraisal. Our rigorous approach evaluates a broad range of process artifacts, including: policies, processes and procedures. The deliverable is a detailed mapping of the in-scope processes to the selected model or standard, and satisfaction and institutionalization for each.
Semi-Formal, Pre-Appraisal or Class B
Building on the concepts of an Informal Appraisal, a Semi-Formal Appraisal determines whether the processes are both follow-able and followed, and that they produce reasonable results. A Semi=Formal Appraisal provides additional rigor causing no downside, and providing greater likelihood of uncovering opportunities for improvement. The deliverable is a detailed mapping of the in-scope processes to the selected model or standard, and satisfaction and institutionalization for each.
A required component of the SCAMPI methodology, the Readiness Review ensures the appraisal supporting artifacts are sufficiently developed to direct the appraisal team to the correct artifacts, so they can be evaluated during the appraisal onsite period. Note: more than one Readiness Review may be necessary. At the onset of an engagement, Assess-IT estimates two Readiness Reviews or a Readiness Review and an Informal or Semi-Formal Appraisal are likely to be required.
Formal Appraisal / Audit
Depending on the model or standard used, a formal audit or appraisal is conducted in full accordance with the appropriate methodology and may result in granting a Maturity Level or Certificate if warranted.
No one takes the wheel without instruction first. Our interactive training classes prepare process team members to perform their assigned roles with confidence. All classes include: course slides, exercises and texts.
Executive Overview Training
Designed with the senior and middle management perspective in mind, this class covers the four major components of a typical process improvement initiative: Return On Investment (ROI), basics of process improvement, introduction to the CMMI, and an introduction to the SCAMPI Appraisal Method.
Practitioner Overview Training
Designed with the process improvement practitioner in mind, this class covers three of the major components of a typical process improvement initiative: basics of process improvement, introduction to the CMMI, and an introduction to the SCAMPI Appraisal Method.
Intro to CMMI Class V1.3 DEV, SVCS & ACQ Constellations
This CMMI Institute recognized Introduction to CMMI Class v1.3 provides foundational knowledge required by all process improvement practitioners and appraisal team participants. Topics covered include: Representations, Constellations, Levels, Categories, Process Areas, Goals, Practices, and other components of the CMMI. If one of the other Constellation supplements is desired, there will be an additional day required.
High Maturity Training
Suitable for management, practitioners and appraisal team members, the High Maturity Team Training, fulfills the requirement to serve on a High Maturity SCAMPI Appraisal. This class addresses process performance baselines, models and metrics; and their relationship to business-objective focused process improvement.
Process Implementation Indicator (PII) Training
An essential component of a SCAMPI appraisal, PIIs are mapping matrices that identify which specific process elements and project artifacts demonstrate compliance with a particular CMMI practice. This class provides an overview of PII development and the pertinent portions of the SCAMPI appraisal method to set the context for proper PII development.
SCAMPI Appraisal Team Training v1.3
For anyone participating on a SCAMPI Appraisal Team, this CMMI Institute recognized course is mandatory. If prospective team members have already taken this class, they will not necessarily be required to repeat it. However, pre-appraisal, prior attendance and sufficiency of prior training and knowledge retention will be verified.
In-Depth Process Workshops
An in-depth investigation of a single/limited aspect of process improvement to jumpstart knowledge in a specific CMMI area or overcome a significant weakness(es) found during an appraisal. Workshop outcomes typically include a new process or customized work-product and/or template that can be used for subsequent projects
As opposed to consulting, when Assess-IT partners with your team for development, we commit to deliver fully-developed processes, or process artifacts, which your organization can use for process improvement, project management or project development.
Process Improvement Roadmap
(TBD based on client expectations)
We create a detailed process improvement roadmap based on the results of the Baseline Appraisal. The roadmap serves as the project plan to achieve the targeted CMMI Maturity Level by the desired date. Deliverables include a detailed schedule based on the prioritized baseline appraisal findings and estimates of effort required to enact the necessary process improvements.
Process Work Products
Based on client needs, we commit to deliver fully-developed process assets: policies, processes, procedures, staff skill and role definitions, templates, fill-in guides, samples, examples, training, QA checklists, CM architectures, measurement programs, etc. In instances where we provide this type of service, we would run afoul of the CMMI Institute’s Conflict of Interest (COI) provisions, and we would have to consider assigningdifferent resource as the Consultant and/or Lead Appraiser.
We match our technical and process specialists to your industry and organization to complement the resources you have in place. Our bench includes deep market and field experience, accreditations, certifications and security clearances.
Consider short or long-term resources from us for:
- Process Development Engineers
- Measurement Analysis
- Configuration Management Specialists
We can also assist in vetting new hires and perspective job candidates.
Our management service ensures your engagement is effectively mapped out and managed and that stakeholders are kept informed. We ask questions first and then consult. Prior to an engagement, you can expect an in-depth inquiry into your process and business goals, so we can align our training, appraisal and consulting recommendations.
This structured set of due diligence activities:
- Ensures you are prepared with the resource commitments necessary for a successful outcome.
- Enables us to efficiently manage your project through insight into your organization, culture, team members, projects, processes, risks, constraints and barriers that may affect the conduct of the engagement and its ultimate success.
- Deliverables include a detailed plan covering cost, schedule, quality parameters, resources, risks, tasks, deliverables and other factors that impact progress.
This set of activities ensures the engagement progresses toward the desired conclusion and status communications are on track. Status meetings are conducted and documented to evaluate progress and initiate corrective actions as needed.