What is an appraisal? Where can I get more information about CMMI appraisals?

An examination of one or more processes by a trained team using a reference model as the basis for determining, at a minimum, strengths and weaknesses.

Many organizations find value in measuring their capability and performance by conducting an appraisal to identify and prioritize their business improvement efforts and eventually earning a benchmark maturity level or a capability level achievement.

Appraisals are typically conducted to:

  • Determine how well the organization’s processes compare to CMMI best practices, and identify areas where improvement can be made.
  • Inform external customers and suppliers about how well the organization's processes compare to CMMI best practices.
  • Meet customer contractual requirements. 

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