The Software Engineering Institute’s Accelerated Improvement Method (AIM) incorporates a new version of the Team Software Process (TSP) The Team Software Process Plus (TSP+). TSP+ is a project-based implementation of many of the specific and generic practices of Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) for Development. Organizations using AIM for their improvement approach will be implementing similar processes with similar artifacts. Since these implementations of CMMI start from a common base, the work of appraising such organizations against a specific model scope should benefit from this commonality of approach.
This document therefore provides guidance to lead appraisers and appraisal teams unfamiliar with TSP+ when conducting Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI) appraisals within organizations that use the TSP+ as a foundational operational practice. The intended benefits of this guidance are (1) to shorten the time needed to prepare and conduct such appraisals; (2) to provide information helpful for appropriate interpretations; (3) and to familiarize SCAMPI leads and appraisal teams with a powerful, proven, and available technology.