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TECHSOFT's Chief Engineer Certified by the Software Engineering Institute as SCAMPISM Lead Appraiser

Edd BurnsEdd Burns, Chief Engineer for TECHSOFT, Inc., has been certified by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) as a SCAMPISM Lead Appraiser.

The Standard CMMI® Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPISM) is designed to provide benchmark quality ratings relative to Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®) models.

Burns joined TECHSOFT in 1993, and was authorized by the SEI as an Introduction to CMMI® Instructor in 2005. In 2007, Burns was authorized by the SEI as a SCAMPISM Lead Appraiser.

In 2008, the SEI changed their approach for authorizing lead appraisers and began a certification process. Burns was in the first group of authorized lead appraisers to become certified lead appraisers. His certification as a SCAMPISM Lead Appraiser was announced by the SEI in late March 2009.

To become certified as a lead appraiser, Burns had to satisfy the previous qualifications for an authorized Lead Appraiser and successfully pass the new Lead Appraiser Certification Exam.

The SEI's current requirements to become a SCAMPISM Lead Appraisers include:

  • Participation as an appraisal team member on two SCAMPISM A appraisals or one SCAMPISM appraisal and two SCAMPISM B or C appraisals within the prior 24 months.
  • At least 10 years of project management and engineering experience in systems or software engineering.
  • A minimum of two years of experience managing technical personnel.
  • An advanced degree in a related technical area or equivalent experience.
  • Completion of the 3-day Introduction to CMMI® course.
  • Completion of the 5-day Intermediate Concepts of CMMI® course.
  • Completion of the 5-day SCAMPISM Lead Appraiser Training.
  • Successfully pass a certification exam.
  • Observation performing a SCAMPISM A Appraisal.



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