Our Services

Why Conduct Appraisals

Everyone has their own idea of how their organisation's processes can be improved. Because of this there can be disagreement about how to proceed; this in itself hinders progress. In order to improve processes within your organisation we strongly recommended that you first establish the actual status and identify the gaps between where you are and where you want to be.

A CMMI appraisal provides focus on the process strengths and critical areas to improve and the results from your appraisal will help you identify weaknesses against the CMMI , as well as business opportunities outside of the model, and help you prioritise these findings into a workable improvement programme.

Unless you measure your organisation's process strengths and weaknesses you will not know where to focus your process improvement efforts. By knowing the actual strengths and weaknesses it is easier to establish an effective and more focused action plan. Appraisals also help you in prioritising your areas for improvement and facilitate the development of a strategy for consolidating your process improvements on a sustainable basis.

A CMMI appraisal provides focus on the process strengths and critical areas to improve and the results from your appraisal will help you evaluate your organisation's current position against stated business objectives and identify areas of risk to your business.

Following your appraisal you will have:
  • An organisation-wide consensus on the strengths and critical areas to improve through the participation of managers and practitioners in determining key issues.
  • A common framework for both managers and staff to improve your processes within a workable improvement programme.
  • The foundation for an effective and focused improvement plan designed to raise the level of your productivity, performance, and quality.
CMMI V2.0 Consultancy to the Global Market

CMMI V2.0 Appraisals

Trinity's appraisers are all qualified by the CMMI Institute and we offer a variety of appraisal options based on the CMMI V2.0 Appraisal Method. Our appraisal technique is to establish a "Process Baseline" and evaluate progress by a series of "mini" appraisals. All of which will evaluate your organisation's current position against stated business objectives and provide you with an action plan that both provides for progress to the next level as well as mitigates the business risks identified during the appraisal.

Benchmark Appraisals

Our Evaluation appraisals are a flexible, less formal approach to determine opportunities for process or performance improvement and range from a "quick look" by a single objective consultant to a rigorous but cost effective examination of your processes and their assets (documentation, tools, templates, etc.) by an appraisal team of 3 to 7 members, including the Lead. An Evaluation appraisal requires fewer activities than a Benchmark appraisal, and helps an organisation to understand, with a relatively high degree of confidence, its progress toward a target CMMI maturity level or target capability level profile.

Benchmark Appraisals

Benchmark appraisals are more formal and require a team of 5 to 7 (or more). Benchmark appraisals identify opportunities for improving both process implementation and business performance. The emphasis is on a rigorous method capable of achieving high accuracy and reliable appraisal results and is the only method that can provide your organisation with either a Capability Level or Maturity Level rating against the CMMI.

Sustainment and Action Plan Reappraisals

Sustainment appraisals and Action Plan reappraisals can be performed following a Benchmark appraisal. A Sustainment appraisal is a type of benchmark appraisal involving a reduced scope and may be performed within two years following a Benchmark appraisal to determine if the organisation has maintained the targeted maturity level or capability level. An Action Plan Reappraisal may be conducted following a Benchmark or Sustainment appraisal that narrowly fails to achieve the target maturity level or capability level profile. Action Plan reappraisals must be completed within 4 months of the end of the prior appraisal and provide a "second-chance" for organisations that narrowly failed to achieve their targeted appraisal level in a previous appraisal.