In writing yesterday's blog entry I had included a statement that a SCAMPI A Lead Appraiser was not allowed to audit his or her organization, which I removed before posting. The SEI requires that the appraisal be done by an external third party. However, when I looked for this requirement in the ARC and MDD I could not find the reference. Through the help of other Lead Appraisers I have since located this requirement. Go to the SEI's Appraisal Policy Changes site and read the 4th bullet http://www.sei.cmu.edu/cmmi/faq/apc-faq.html.
Can a Lead Appraiser in an organization perform an v1.2 appraisal in that organization?
All Class A SCAMPI v1.2 appraisals that will become public record (e.g., announced in a press release or on an organization's Web site, or posted on a published SCAMPI appraisals results Web page) or used in a proposal in response to U.S. Department of Defense requirements must be led by an SEI-authorized SCAMPI Lead Appraiser from an external, third-party organization.
The external, third-party organization can be another SEI Partner organization or a separate business unit from the one containing the appraised organization (e.g., from corporate or from a different division, group, or other organizational business type, which is under separate management).