A Benchmark Appraisal
typically requires four to eight people plus a Lead Appraiser for 5 to 10 days, depending on the complexity and scope of the appraisal. Teams are recommended to have a mix of organization and outside members. Because of the considerable cost associated with formal appraisals, they must be scheduled to provide maximum benefit to the organization. The normal output of a CMMI appraisal is a findings briefing which includes Practice Area strengths and weaknesses and Maturity Level satisfaction. A written final report is optional.