A Quickscan is a short and lightweight assessment of your current practices against an industry reference model of best practices (CMMI ). In the Quickscan we will determine the current state of project management practices, identify the improvement areas and develop a high-level plan for improvement. The following process areas are assessed:
- Requirements Management: identify, understand and manage customer requirements.
- Project Planning: establish estimates, develop a plan and obtain commitment to the plan.
- Project Monitoring & Control: monitor and report project progress, manage issues.
- Supplier Agreement Management: select suppliers, establish and manage supplier agreements.
- Process & Product Quality Assurance: objectively evaluate if agreed practices are actually applied in projects.
- Measurement & Analysis: determine measurement objectives and establish measurement capability.
- Configuration Management: ensure integrity of work products.
At the end of a Quickscan, we present a report to the management of the organisational unit. The report contains a capability profile of your organisation’s processes according to the reference model (CMMI) with clear findings and recommendations on how to improve.
- Preparation meeting: 1 meeting with management to explain what we will do and to discuss the planning and logistics.
- Intake meeting: with the PMO, project manager(s) to obtain an understanding of the existing standards, processes and practices.
- Data gathering: a workshop or individual interviews with project managers where we go through the CMMI practices to find out to what level these practices are applied within his/her project.
Process results: for each process area we will determine a capability level according to the CMMI rules. The capability level gives insight into what base practices exist and to what level they are institutionalized (actually applied in the projects).
- Reporting meeting:
- We will prepare a final report (pdf format) including a capability profile for the organisational unit (capability level per process area) and a detailed scoring for each practice. The report contains main findings and recommendations as well as detailed findings and recommendations per process area.
- We will also prepare a presentation (ppt) for management, summarizing the main findings and recommendations as well as proposing recommended actions and a high-level action plan.
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The Capability Maturity Model Integration is a process improvement maturity model for the development of products and services. Ref. “CMMI®: Guidelines for Process Integration and Product Improvement / Mary Beth Chrissis, Mike Konrad, Sandy Shrum. – 3rd edition”. CMMI® is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by Carnegie Mellon University.