Friday, December 23, 2011

Hey Jeff,
I have done two appraisals as ATM for CMMI - DEV v1.2.  Now I have to do another appraisal but for CMMI - DEV v1.3.  Am I eligible to perform this appraisal, as i have not done intro course for v1.3. ~Jay


Good question - and one I'm getting a lot these days.  Might as well answer one of them!

Back when the SEI released CMMI v1.2, they required Appraisal Team Members (ATMs) to either take the Introduction to CMMI class for v1.2 OR take the CMMI v1.2 upgrade course online.  They did this to ensure that the ATMs were up to speed on the latest revision of the CMMI.

When they released CMMI v1.3 they chose not to require the upgrade or new training class.  Of course, ATMs have to have AT LEAST the CMMI v1.2 training class (and they SHOULD take the upgrade if they did).  Those of us who make their living as CMMI Consultants can attest to too many ATMs that don't understand the nuances of the new version of the CMMI.

The one exception to this rule is for so-called "high maturity" appraisals, where the new class (or the upgrade class) IS required.

So Jay, you are eligible to be an ATM - but I recommend you take the class anyway.  Why?  Because there is enough new material (and new practices) that make it worth your while.

Good luck!

Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead AppraiserCertified CMMI Instructor,  author, and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations.  Jeff has taught thousands of students inCMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

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