Monday, August 18, 2008

Interview Questions to Hire a CMMI Expert

We are implementing the CMMI within our organization and are looking to hire someone to help us achieve this goal. We don't necessarily need a certified Lead Appraiser as of yet, but would like to hire someone with CMMI experience and who may beinterested in becoming a Lead Appriaser. I have a couple of internal candidates that are not Lead Appraisers, but have had CMMI experience (according to their resumes anyhow). What would be some good questions to ask them in an interview to gauge how much experience they truly have? I appreciate any help I can get with this.

One word of caution first. It may not be in your best interests to hire someone who wants to become a Lead Appraiser. There usually aren’t enough internal appraisal opportunities for a candidate Lead Appraiser to get the minimum experience or to maintain their Lead Appraiser credentials, so the person would have to look for appraisal work outside of your organization or company.

Here are some questions that I would ask a candidate for a CMMI position:

  1. Have you taken the SEI’s 3-day Introduction to CMMI class? If yes, when did you take the class? Who was your instructor?
  2. Have you participated as an appraisal team member? If yes, how many times? What were your duties? What was the scope of the appraisal (Maturity Level)? Who was the Lead Appraiser? What would the Lead Appraiser say about your CMMI capabilities and performance on the appraisal team?
  3. Have you helped implement the CMMI in an organization?
  4. How long have you been working with the CMMI?
  5. Please compare and contrast Capability Level vs. Maturity Level
  6. What is the only Process Area that can be categorized as Not Applicable? SAM
  7. Have you prepared a PIID? If yes, what was the most difficult task and why?
  8. How many years of project management experience do you have?
  9. How many years of engineering experience do you have?
  10. What is your favorite Process Area and why?


Hire Staff said...

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Henry Schneider said...

Thank you. I hope that you can find my advice useful.

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