Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Providing Evidence for a SCAMPI Appraisal

If I am an appraisal team member, is it a problem if I am also helping to prepare the evidence for the appraisal?

V1.2 of the SCAMPI Method Definition Document (MDD) does not specify who should prepare the Process Implementation Indicator Descriptions (PIIDs). In practice the PIIDs can be prepared by the project teams, the appraisal team members, or some combination. There are pros and cons for each approach. If done by the project teams, the PIID preparers may not fully understand how the PIIDs will be used by the appraisal team and therefore it could take many iterations to get the PIIDs in an acceptable shape for the SCAMPI. If prepared by the appraisal team, there is the risk that the team members may get too close to the information and lose some of their appraisal objectivity. The best approach is for the project teams and appraisal team members to collaboratively address the Readiness Review issues and prepare the PIIDs. And as a best practice, try to maintain some independence on the appraisal team by having the team members help prepare the PIIDs for PAs other than the PAs assigned to their mini-teams.

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