The purpose of this document is to summarize the major elements of the Systems Engineering Capability Maturity Model (SE-CMM) appraisal method (SAM). SAM is a method for using the SE-CMM to benchmark, or otherwise appraise, the process capability of an organization's or enterprise's systems engineering function. The SE-CMM itself is described in CMU/SEI-96-HB-004. This document describes each step of an SE-CMM appraisal and provides guidance for the preparation and conduct of an appraisal. It also contains background and context information about the appraisal method.