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Slide 1Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense © 2006 by Carnegie Mellon University
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SEI Professional Certifications
Good Afternoon, I want to take a moment to thank your for inviting us to speak to you this afternoon about
SEI Certifications. We now have several efforts under-way with deliverables scheduled for 2005 through 2007.
Fellow software engineering professionals overwhelmingly agree professional certifications are a key factor in their ability to advance in the profession, increases their marketability, and facilitates an organizations goal of software delivered on-time and defect free.
In its continuing support of the IT profession, the Software Engineering Institute is expanding sponsorship of professional certifications to its transitioning technologies.
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What is Certification?
Certification is the acknowledgement that an individual has attained a well-defined level of understanding and ability in a particular body of knowledge or skill set.
Certification specifically:
assures competencies of its practitioners
employs demonstration of specific knowledge or skills
establishes a vehicle for maturation of the profession
What is certification ?
A certification program provides an individual with a certificate indicating that the SEI acknowledges that the individual has achieved a specific set of skills, abilities and/or knowledge relative to a particular area of knowledge or skill set.
This designation indicates that the individual has attained a well-defined level of understanding with a particular body of knowledge or skill set through an approved demonstration.
It defines the core body of knowledge and skills to assure its professionals maintain a continuing qualification in the practice.
It indicates that the individual has satisfactorily obtained and demonstrated ability in a specified body of knowledge or skill set.
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knowledge and skills
use of best practices in the profession
From the perspective of the individual achieving a certification, there are four interrelated reasons why individuals want to attain a certification:
increase in knowledge or skill
increase in prestige
increase in marketability
increase in compensation.
Obviously, by virtue of going through the educational process and completing the knowledge and/or skill demonstration required by a certification, the individual will have gained in knowledge and/or skill. From an interpersonal standpoint, this designation should translate into higher levels of prestige within the individual’s profession. But, perhaps more importantly from the individual’s perspective, the attainment of a certification and the accompanying acknowledgement of knowledge and/or skills acquired should translate into increased ability to move within the profession either laterally within or between organizations or vertically to higher-level positions.
Finally, with the attainment of a certification and the acknowledgement of knowledge and skills acquired a justification for increases in compensation exists. And, in fact, most organization, recognize that the attainment of the better known and more applicable certifications do translate into increases in compensation.
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PSP Developer
Future areas for certification:
SAPP Instructor
At the present time the SEI has three programs operational. Development teams have begun working with the PSP/TSP family of certifications in 2005 with future programs scheduled to be online in 2006 and 2007. Other process certification efforts will include the CMMI Instructor ,SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, and SAPP Instructor.
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CMMI SG direction provided in April/May 2006
Planning meetings held in May 2006 with program leaders.
Core Team developmental meetings began in June of 2006
High Maturity focus group workshop July 2006
LA Survey September 2006
Infrastructure development July-September 2006
Initial roll-out October 2006
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CMMI Steering Group Direction (2005/2006)
SEI High Maturity Certification Focus Group Workshop (2006)
SCAMPI Lead Appraiser Survey (2006)
Certification announcement, process and application release of Initial phase of SCAMPI HM LA certification program
The July Focus Group was attended by representatives from Boeing, BAE, Lockheed Martin, Motorola, Northrup Gruman, Raytheon, and the SEI.
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LA Survey of 36 questions issued to 428 LA’s
279 responses were received (65% response rate)
Areas included:
1. General
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General
75% of respondents strongly agree or agree that some Lead Appraiser’s interpretations of the model are sometimes incorrect for a given situation.
45% of respondents strongly agree or agree that the SCAMPI appraisal method is not always rigorously implemented.
36% of respondents strongly agree or agree that some Lead Appraisers are engaging in unethical business practices. However 50% of respondents neither agree nor disagree or gave a No Opinion response.
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General
54% of respondents strongly agree or agree that some CL or ML 4 or 5 appraisal results are not justified.
72% of respondents strongly agree or agree that some Lead Appraisers do not fully understand High Maturity CMMI concepts and issues.
55% of respondents strongly agree or agree that there is a need for certification of High Maturity Lead Appraisers
67% of the respondents strongly agree or agree that the SEI should develop a required courses specific to High Maturity Lead Appraiser topics.
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Training and Education – 127 comments received
Survey respondents agreed that certified individuals should have a background in CMMI, statistics, process improvement, quantitative project management, etc.
Individuals should have advanced degrees with courses such as applied quantitative methods, statistical process control, business ethics, psychology, time management, team management, etc.
Degrees in relevant fields such as engineering, science, business, or math.
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Experience
62% of respondents strongly agree or agree that an individual should have led a High Maturity appraisal to qualify as a certified HM LA.
77% of respondents strongly agree or agree that an individual should have served as a mini-team member for High Maturity PAs in an appraisal to qualify as a certified HM LA.
41% of respondents replied that it was Not Important at All to have taught an Intro to CMMI course that included attendees from an organization that is ML4/5.
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Experience
62% of the respondents replied that having taught High Maturity processes or concepts was Most Important or Somewhat Important.
39% of respondents replied that having authored presentations, articles, publications, and books on High Maturity topics was Most Important or Somewhat Important.
67% of respondents replied that having authored and/or implemented High Maturity processes was Most Important or Somewhat Important.
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Competency Clusters
Respondents identified that these were Most Important or Somewhat Important in all cases:
Model Interpretation –93%
Interpersonal Communication and Facilitation – 82%
Integration Articulation and Expression of Information – 80%
Product or Service Tailoring Adaptation and Application – 77%
Project Planning and Management – 77%
Decision Making and Problem Solving – 73%
Achieving and Managing Agreements – 68%
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SCAMPI LA Survey Results - 7
Are you planning to lead a v1.1 ML 4/5 appraisal in 2007?
Yes – 41%
No – 58%
Are you planning to lead a v1.2 ML 4/5 appraisal between now and March 2007?
Yes – 19%
No – 80%
Are you planning to lead a v1.2 ML 4/5 appraisal between March and October 2007?
Yes – 47% (131 Respondents)
No – 52% (143 Respondents)
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SCAMPI LA Survey Results - 8
Do you plan to become a certified SCAMPI High Maturity Lead Appraiser between now and October 2007?
Yes – 84% (232 respondents)
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Application Submission and Review
Each interested individual submits an application for review before proceeding to an Oral exam.
Applications are reviewed based on the following criteria:
Training received on high maturity topics, e.g., statistical process control and probability and statistics
High maturity appraisal experience
Built / Taught courses on high maturity topics
Application review prioritized based on applicants planned first CMMI V1.2 HM appraisal
Applicants who initially do not advance to the Oral exam, are provided the opportunity to supply additional information.
Applications will be accepted through April 2007
Application will be accepted again starting in August 2007
Experience Category Experience
Training- Probability/statistics course(s)
Appraisal- Lead a High Maturity appraisal Min ML4 (sw-cmm)
on a mini-team looking at High Maturity practices (sw-cmm)
on a HM Appraisal (not on miniteam looking at HM practices)
Develop / Implement- Built/taught prob/stat course(s) (build, taught)
Built/taught HM/SPC course(s) build, taught
developed/implemented High Maturity processes
Related- Six Sigma Blackbelt
Issues uncovered from review of submitted appraisals
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SCAMPI HM LA Oral Exam -
An assessment of knowledge through questions and answers between a candidate and examiners
Candidates will be asked prepared questions and scenarios with “listen for” answers. Follow-up questions may be asked for clarity
Quality assurance personnel will be on-hand to provide administrative oversight, logistical support, and audit candidate sessions to ensure program standardization
Oral exams for 2006/2007 will conclude on June 30, 2007
Candidates will be notified of their exam results within two weeks of the exam
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Frankfurt, Germany:  October 24-25, 2006
Denver, CO:  November 14-16, 2006
India: January, 2007 (exact date and location yet to be determined)
Austin, TX: March 26-29, 2007 at SEPG 2007
Amsterdam, The Netherlands: June 11-14, 2007 at European SEPG
Additional dates and locations are under consideration
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HM LA Certification Renewal Criteria- Initial Phase
Initial HM LA certifications will be valid through January, 31 2008.
After successful completion of the SCAMPI LA exam and possible oral exam, certification is then valid for two to three years from the date of your exam.
Maintenance and on-going professional requirements will need to be completed during the period of validity in order to renew your certification.
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HM LA Certification Process- Phase 2
Steps for New Candidates (October 2007):
Successfully complete SCAMPI LA Exam Competency based exam to evaluate an applicant based on a standard body-of-knowledge for the practice
Application Submission
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Next Steps and Plans- Phase 2
Conduct a Workshop to aid in the development of the SCAMPI LA Body of Knowledge (Feb 2007)
Develop and Publish a SCAMPI LA Body of Knowledge Guide
Develop and Implement a SCAMPI LA exam for all LA’s (tentatively October 2007)
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Renewal criteria for Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraisers?
Training program supporting the certification of SCAMPI LA and HM LA roles?
Additional requirements for team members on high maturity appraisals?
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The SEI professional certification program
provides recognition of a individual as a professional in his/her field of practice
fosters growth of the professional community
increases visibility of disciplined work
integrates with quality principles (code of conduct)
promotes the professional in the field
A well-designed Certification Program meets the needs of the public, the organization that maintains it, the target audience, and the stakeholders.
The public benefits when people perform work in ways that protect consumers, workers, and the environment.
The target audience benefits when it has a credential that distinguishes it from others in the workforce.
Stakeholders benefit when the credential satisfies their specific needs for prudent operations and competent workers.
The certifying organization benefits when the program fulfills its mandate, whether that be to deliver qualified people, to improve performance, or to satisfy an expectation of customers or the public.
Expect to hear and see more news about SEI Certification programs in the near future. Now with further news and information about the PSP effort let me introduce
Marsha Pomeroy-Huff from the SEI’s SEPM program.

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