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Self-Assessment Checklist: First Impressions After Release

Dec 11, 2010, 23:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Philip Koltun)

"People recognize that the checklist is not an end in itself, but a compilation of recommended compliance practices to guide and inform process improvement efforts. Any improvement guide depends on assessing what compliance steps have already been implemented. To paraphrase software process expert Watts Humphrey, who sadly passed away recently, if you need directions and don't know where you're at, a roadmap can't help you. So the checklist can help you figure out how far you've come on compliance and where you need to go. It can stimulate discussion within an organization about the adequacy of current compliance practices. A consensus can then emerge about the additional steps to take and the individuals or teams that should perform particular compliance actions. As with any self-assessment, it helps to have an expert facilitate group discussions and keep the groups focused on what matters most. (I'm available!)"

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