SCAMPI Quality Corner

Purpose of the Quality Corner

The SCAMPI Quality Corner provides a forum to review issues related to SCAMPI appraisal deliveries.

While the SCAMPI Method Definition Document (MDD) describes the requirements, activities, and practices associated with SCAMPI methods, we find that many issues arise in the practice of conducting appraisals. (Please note, however, that this page is not meant as a forum to discuss appraisal or model interpretations.)

The CMMI Institute’s quality team will use this page to do the following:

Submit an Issue

If you would like to submit an issue to be considered for publication in the Quality Corner, please email your request to (We may not be able to address every submission, but will address all that we can with our resources.)

Topic List

Discussion Topic
February 20, 2018 February 2018 Quality Tip: False CMMI Certification
January 22, 2018 January 2018 Quality Tip: Multi-Model Appraisals
November 28, 2017 November 2017 Quality Tip: Document Review
October 26, 2017 October 2017 Quality Tip: Organization Names
September 25, 2017 September 2017 Quality Tip: Action Plan Reappraisals
August 28, 2017 August 2017 Quality Tip: High Maturity Experience
July 24, 2017 July 2017 Quality Tip: Sampling Factor Justification
June 22, 2017 June 2017 Quality Tip: Data Sufficiency
May 24, 2017 May 2017 Quality Tip: FAR Groups
April 1, 2016 SAS Process Context Screen Change 
September 25, 2015 September 2015 Quality Tip: People Sample Size
May 26, 2015 May 2015 Quality Tip: Appraisal Participants
April 22, 2015 April 2015 Quality Tip: Senior Management
March 17, 2015 March 2015 Quality Tip: Appraisal Sponsor SAS Accounts
January 29, 2015 January 2015 Quality Tip: Appraisal Data
December 3, 2014 December 2014 Quality Tip: Process Area Performance Attribution
November 5, 2014 November 2014 Quality Tip: Excluded Projects
August 26, 2014 August 2014 Quality Tip: Deactivated SAS Accounts
June 26, 2014 June 2014 Quality Tip: Appraisal Correspondence
May 30, 2014 May 2014 Quality Tip: Reporting Subgroup Information
April 23, 2014 April 2014 Quality Tip: Appraisal Review Time
March 28, 2014 March 2014 Quality Tip: SCAMPI Appraisal System (SAS) Registrations for Team Members
February 21, 2014 February 2014 Quality Tip: Request for an Organization Name Change
January 15, 2014 January 2014 Quality Tip: Planning and Reporting Multi-Model Appraisals
December 11, 2013 December 2013 Quality Tip: Sensitive Data & Contact Fields for Appraisal Reporting
November 7, 2013 November 2013 Quality Tip: Clarification of Terms
(This document makes reference to the rolling 60-day window for appraisal deliveries. For a visual representation of this window, click here.)
October 16, 2013 October 2013 Quality Tip: Contact Information for Basic Units
July 11, 2013 July 2013 Quality Tip: Decision Analysis and Resolution – Not Just for Technical Decisions
June 11, 2013 June 2013 Quality Tip: Team Member Qualifications – Guidance for Selecting Appraisal Team Members
May 10, 2013 May 2013 Quality Tip: Clarifying the Intent of Coverage Rule 1 for Basic Units
May 3, 2013 Multi-Organization Appraisals
April 12, 2013 April 2013 Quality Tip: Ensuring Accuracy in Organizational Scoping
March 14, 2013 Using Virtual Methods and SCAMPI
March 12, 2013 March 2013 Quality Tip: Sampling Factor Guidance for Appraisals Where the Sample Size Equals 100%
February 7, 2013 February 2013 Quality Tip: Characterization Values May Not be Modified
March 23, 2012 Use of Internal Lead Appraisers