Wednesday, March 12, 2008

How we do know if a company is really CMMI Maturity Level Three?

We're speaking to some suppliers and they're saying that they are CMMI Maturity Level Three, but they are not in the SEI's list of published appraisal results. Are they trying to pull the wool over our eyes?

When a SCAMPI A Appraisal is submitted to the SEI there is a document, the Appraisal Disclosure Statement (ADS), that the appraisal sponsor initials to indicate whether he/she wants the results posted on the SEI’s website (PARS). It is not a requirement that they be posted – although in my experience most want it posted with the exception of those who need to maintain confidentiality (e.g.; defense contractors, intelligence agencies, et al). If a company claims to be CMMI MLx, and they are not in the database, you may ask to see a copy of their ADS as proof that they are indeed MLx and that their appraisal results are current.

The ADS is the “official” appraisal document and should be retained and managed by the appraisal sponsor.


Anonymous said...

How do we know the company is CMMI Level 5 or not. Even if results are not available on SEI - PARS.

Anonymous said...

You have the right to ask the company for a copy of their Appraisal Disclosure Statement (ADS) if they're using they're ML5 status as a tool to win business from you.