Before taking this course, participants must
The Intermediate People CMM course is a required training component for the SCAMPI Lead Appraiser for People CMM and Introduction to People CMM Instructor authorizations. These authorization programs are still under development and will require candidacy sponsorship and authorization under an SEI Partner agreement. These professional SEI authorizations require an in-depth understanding of the People CMM model. The associated courses, including the Intermediate Concepts of People CMM course, consequently are much more demanding than most adult learning experiences. Each participant is required to demonstrate adequate model knowledge and ability to explain People CMM-related concepts, by preparing (this is the assigned exercise), submitting, and delivering a presentation on an assigned process area (PA), and by passing an end-of-course examination. Because each participant prepares a presentation on one process area, much of the course content is taught by the participants.
Participants are evaluated by the course instructors in three areas:
Because of the amount of preparation and model understanding required to be successful in this course, a minimum 90-day period is expected between completing the Introduction to People CMM Course and the start of the Intermediate Concepts of People CMM Course. During this period the participant is expected to have completed all the prerequisites identified above.
It is important that course participants conduct an in-depth study of Chapters 1-6 of the book or of the People CMM model, Version 2.0 prior to the start of the course. These chapters cover essentials of model structure, terminology, and institutionalization goal and practice content. In addition, these chapters provide essential information regarding maturity levels and model themes. A thorough study of the process area descriptions is also essential.
By the end of the course, participants should be able to do the following, based upon the course experience and their individual study of the People CMM models: (References are to chapters in the People CMM Model and People CMM Book)
Please note that course participants who have not prepared adequately prior to attending the Intermediate Concepts of People CMM course often have to invest long hours of evening study during the course to achieve adequate model knowledge. This is very difficult to do after a very full day of instruction.
The Course Participant will satisfactorily
Successful completion of the Intermediate Concepts of People CMM course requires that the course participant demonstrate an acceptable working knowledge of People CMM in activities 2-4 described on the previous page.
Activities 2-4 will be rated according to the scale indicated below.
Rating Scale Key
E=Excellent Participant almost always exhibits expected knowledge and adequate performance in the activity; performs activity in a way that is frequently above and beyond expectations.
G=Good Participant often exhibits expected knowledge and adequate performance in the activity; falling short of expectations infrequently. This rating is the usual rating given to those generally meeting our knowledge and performance expectations.
F=Fair Participant sometimes exhibits expected knowledge and adequate performance, but fails to do so frequently, in the activity.
P=Poor Participant very frequently fails to exhibit expected knowledge and adequate performance in the activity.
We expect that most course participants will be given Good (G) ratings for most activities.
Our guidelines for grading the closed book examination:
Participants that are still new to the People CMM model may demonstrate a few weaknesses in their knowledge of People CMM model and thus also in their performance of the described activities. Thus there will normally be only a few Excellent (E) ratings for course participants per activity.
Notification of ratings: participants will normally be notified of the ratings following the course.
Participants who receive a composite rating of G (or better) for the previously-described course activities will be sent a certificate of completion via surface mail.
Participants who receive one or more Fair (F) ratings will not be assigned a composite rating of G. Such participants do not pass the Intermediate Concepts of the People CMM course without completing a remedial activity. The course instructors will come to an agreement about specific remediation that the participant will be required to satisfactorily complete prior to awarding them a certificate of completion. Such remedial work will typically address the areas where the participant failed to demonstrate the expected knowledge or adequate performance in one or more activities. The participant will be given a date by which this remedial activity will need to be completed.
Participants who receive one or more Poor (P) ratings do not pass the Intermediate Concepts of People CMM course and must successfully retake the class at their own expense.