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GIFPA Ltd. 2016, as the name suggests, specialise in the objective measurement and evaluation of software services, processes and products. We can provide both quantitative assessment and qualitative assessment, and are the only UK based company currently offering such a diverse range of professional assessment services.
We offer assessment of the capabillity to develop, maintain and support systems based on or containing software. We use all the widely accepted Models, Standards and Methods, including CMMI®, ISO 9001/2000, and ITIL. We also provide auditing of in-house functional size measurement capabilities, e.g. Functional Sizing Audits, and a Document Discovery service to help find, collate and review documents, process and design assets.
We can provide training and appraisals through our partnerships with SEI Authorised Transition Partner, Ken Dymond of PTI Inc, and SEI Authorised Trainer, Roger Gamage. Click here for details of training courses in Assessing Capability.
Capability can be assessed against one - or more - industry models as well as an organisation’s own process standards. As well as Formal Assessments GIFPA can conduct audits and investigations to help client organisations achieve compliance with industry models:
Functional Sizing Audits
Prior to a Capability Assessment, all existing process documentation must be identified, collated and reviewed. The review looks for coverage of process against industry best practice and process models. The process documentation includes not only definitions of the processes but also deliverables showing they are being followed. It may also include measurements of the software processes as they were being performed.
Before a Functional Sizing Audit, a similar exercise can be performed to identify appropriate design artefacts. It is useful to have not only those artefacts which were used for the original analysis, but others which can be used as an alternative source for verification.
Service Relationship Diagram
Each type of assessment is based on the model or method against which it is conducted. Where appropriate documentation has not already been identified and organised into some form of repository, an assessment may be preceded by Document Discovery.
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