Framework Name: Software Capability Evaluation
Published Date: Version 3.0, April 1996
Description: SCE is a method for evaluating the software process of an
organization to gain insight into its process capability. This version of the
SCE Method is based on the Capability Maturity Model defined in Capability
Maturity Model for Software, Version 1.1. It is compliant with the CMM Appraisal
Framework (CAF). SCEs are designed to be used in source selection to help select
a qualified contractor and in contract monitoring to identify risks, measure
performance for incentive fees, and baseline organizational performance similar
to a CBA IPI.
The SCE team conducts a document review and extensive interviews. The
observed strengths and weaknesses are formally documented and then used to
determine risk for a particular development. An SEI SW-CMM Level is not
determined by the SCE.
The SCE provides a method for an organization to evaluate a potential or
existing supplier; other appraisal methods are used for internal assessments.
These internal assessment methods include:
- CMM-Based Appraisal for Internal Process Improvement (CBA IPI) : Helps an
organization determine its SEI maturity level and identify findings pursuant
to individual Key Process Areas (KPAs). A typical CBA IPI requires two to
three weeks to complete.
- CMM Evaluations: A Consortium-proprietary informal evaluation that can
help determine what process improvement activities are necessary before a
formal CBA IPI, or Software Capability Evaluation (SCE). A CMM Evaluation
includes a review of organizational policies, procedures, and guidelines for
compliance with the SW-CMM. A CMM Evaluation provides much of the same
information as a CBA IPI at a fraction of the cost. A typical CMM Evaluation
requires just three days to complete.
- The SCE, CBA IPI, and CMM Evaluations are all CMM specific. They are all
equivalent assessment methods associated with the CMMI. SCAMPI version 1.1
combines the SCE and CBA IPI into a single CMMI-based assessment method that
can be used for source selection, contract monitoring, and internal process
improvement. Assessment methods also exist for the system engineering models
SE-CMM and EIA/IS 731.
Source of Framework:
Related Consortium Products (available to Consortium members and
- CBA-IPI: The CBA-IPI helps an organization determine its SEI maturity
level and identify findings pursuant to individual Key Process Areas (KPAs).
An SEI-authorized lead assessor and assistant conduct CBA IPI training,
pre-assessment documentation review, and on-site interviews with appropriate
project and organizational personnel to determine the maturity level of an
- CMM Evaluations: A CMM Evaluation can help determine what process
improvement activities are necessary before a formal CBA IPI, or Software
Capability Evaluation (SCE), and is thus an essential tool for process
improvement planning. A CMM Evaluation includes a review of organizational
policies, procedures, and guidelines for compliance with the SEI CMM.
Specific guidance is provided in defining alternative process definition and
modeling techniques. A baseline of the current software processes is
developed based on the documentation reviews and associated interviews with
appropriate project personnel. This baseline then provides a basis for
planning further process improvement activities.