Performance Management
Acquisition and Financial Management
Earned Value Management
Training Services
Appraisals
Mentor Protege


Performance Management Services

iPower's performance management and benchmarking services are grounded upon government, industry, and academia best practices. Using the SEI's CMMI, Six Sigma, ISO 9000, ITIL, EVM and other models, we benchmark our client’s organizational maturity and process area capabilities, establish priorities for improvement, and guide implementation of those improvements. Our approach begins with the definition of executive and senior management’s business objectives and needs for the organization. Through interchanges with appropriate managers, we assist our clients in acquiring a thorough understanding of their organizational processes in relationship to their business objectives and goal. We thoroughly analyze the performance of existing processes and explicitly plan and deploy specific improvements to those processes. We use appropriate models and standards to benchmark our client's organizational process capabilities and then assist in integrating proven practices throughout their organizations.

We also leverage technology to assist our clients in achieving their business goals by optimizing the intelligent use of traditional and web-enabled technologies. We assess and benchmark products and tools and strategically select those that have widespread application to our clients' needs. We develop, evaluate and customize products and tools as necessary to meet specific requirements. Our development is focused upon building systems that maximize functionality, usability, scalability and performance. We plan for incremental rollouts to assist in solving immediate problems while establishing the overall framework for enterprise-wide improvements.

Establishing a performance or benchmarking plan as a core element of an organization's management methodology is key to enabling the implementation of and adaptation to technological changes. Once established, strategic organizational planning can then be integrated into an organizational process improvement plan that generates improvements in productivity and profitability at reduced risk. Services we provide to our clients in this area include process definition and development, performance criteria development, performance benchmarking, process assessments, mentoring and quality assurance at the operational, organizational and project levels. We additionally provide support in earned value management, requirements analysis, configuration management, measurement and analysis, web design and development, and web-enabled application development.

In preparing for a benchmarking assessment, iPower initially makes contact with the organization's sponsor and focuses on business objectives that have created the need for the assessment. iPower then properly matches the needs of the sponsor to the type and magnitude of the assessment and gathers data through a combination of interviewing techniques and documentation review. iPower subsequently analyzes and verifies data through comparison to relevant portions of the selected industry standard or model to produce assessment results, including statements of strengths and weaknesses.

If you desire additional information regarding our performance management or benchmarking services, please contact us via e-mail at info@ipowerllc.com or call (703) 338-7436.


Acquisition and Financial Management Services

Effective management of a government organization’s acquisition and financial processes is critical in today's environment of shrinking budgets and demands for transparency and accountability. iPower offers process minded acquisition and financial management professionals in the areas of Acquisition/Contracts/Financial Management services. Our Acquisition specialists provide full life cycle acquisition support from developing acquisition strategies to supporting analysis and evaluation of contractor proposals. Our financial specialists are be responsible for analyzing, modifying and/or adapting automated accounting systems or techniques to solve a variety of unusual accounting problems or conditions by applying comprehensive knowledge of financial policies and regulations. iPower helps our clients ensure their limited resources achieve the greatest returns for our government.

If you desire additional information regarding our Acquisition and Financial Management services, please contact us via e-mail at info@ipowerllc.com or call (703) 338-7436.


Earned Value Management Services

iPower has developed a MS Excel workbook that, along with MS Project and exports from popular accounting/time keeping systems, provides full compliance with the 32 guidelines outlined in ANSI/EIA 748. iPower's consultants will analyze your current MS Project schedule and provide advice on how to organize the schedule to allow for efficient earned value (EV) reporting. iPower's consultants will then integrate this schedule plus your accounting data into iPower EV workbook to provide you with the tools you need to generate Format 1, Format 2, Format 3, Format 4, Format 5, CAP, Master Budget Log and other reports. iPower's consultants can also work with your project teams to help analyze performance trends and identify potential issues. iPower's consultants can also help identify schedule and costs risks and provide guidance on mitigation strategies.

If you desire additional information regarding our Earned Value Management services, please contact us via e-mail at info@ipowerllc.com or call (703) 338-7436.


Training Services

From the basic practitioner to the executive level, iPower’s training services are targeted to support the general, specific and unique needs of our clients. Our courses are designed to meet the needs of anyone who is tasked to support a process improvement program.

iPower’s instructors have extensive, practical experience as managers, process specialists, appraisers and practitioners in numerous disciplines that include telecommunications, information technology and software application development. Training services, thatwe currently provide, include:

SEI Introduction to CMMI® (for Development or Services): This three-day course introduces managers and practitioners, appraisal team members, and  process group members to CMMI® fundamental concepts. The course is composed of lectures and class exercises with ample opportunity for questions and discussions. After attending this course, participants will be able to describe the components of CMMI models and their relationships, discuss the process areas in CMMI models, and locate relevant information. This course fulfills a prerequisite requirement for any course requiring an official SEI Introductory CMMI course. Additionally, completion of this course is a pre-requisite for anyone wishing to participate in a SCAMPI appraisal.
   
Process Improvement Training: This three-day Process Improvement Training course presents an overview of the SEI Capability Maturity Model. The course provides participants with sufficient knowledge and skills to successfully perform CMM or CMMI process improvement functions within their organizations. Specific topics are addressed through a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies and exercises and include: Management Steering Committee Roles and Responsibilities; Process Group Roles and Responsibilities; Process Asset Library; Process Action Teams; Organizational Process Definition; Measurements; Conducting Pilots; Institutionalizing the Process; Learning Through the Process; and Process Group Relationship with the Quality Assurance Group.
   
Other Training: iPower offers other training to meet specific client needs. This training includes earned value management, measurement and analysis training as well as instruction in quality assurance, configuration management, process improvement, and organization training programs.

If you desire additional information regarding our training services, please contact us via e-mail at coursereg@ipowerllc.com or call (703) 338-7436.


Appraisal Services

An approved CMMI Institute Partner, iPower is licensed to administer the Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI). SCAMPI appraisals are the standard tools for benchmarking process area capability and maturity level profiles against CMMI models. A SCAMPI provides insight into an organization's process area capability and maturity by identifying strengths and weaknesses of current processes relative to CMMI models and disciplines. iPower offers SCAMPI Class A, Class B and Class C appraisal services.

SCAMPI Class A: These appraisals are used to formally benchmark the maturity of an organization. Class A appraisals have rigorous standards for detailed data collection and for identification and coverage of the specific organizational unit being appraised. Ratings from Class A appraisals can be used for marketing and for accommodating contractual requirements. They can also be used to recognize the attainment of a specific maturity level. SCAMPI is the only SEI approved Class A appraisal.
 
SCAMPI Class B and Class C Appraisals: SCAMPI Class B and C appraisals are used to evaluate gaps between an organization's processes and CMMI requirements. Class C and B appraisals have relaxed standards from those of Class A. Ratings, therefore, are not provided in Class B or Class C appraisals. Typically, organizations getting started with CMMI will utilize a Class B or C appraisal to establish a baseline and to generate improvement plans. SCAMPI Class B and C appraisals can also be used to update baselines for achieving continuous process improvements, to verify progress and to prepare for a formal Class A appraisal.
   
iPower also sponsors candidates to become SCAMPI Lead Appraisers. SCAMPI Lead Appraisers are authorized to train appraisal teams on the SCAMPI methodology and to lead appraisals of iPower's clients.

If you desire additional information regarding our appraisal services, please contact us via e-mail at info@ipowerllc.com or call (703) 338-7436.


Mentor-Protégé Services

iPower has a collaborative agreement with the Mason Enterprise Center (George Mason University), Fairfax, Virginia and provides quality management and process engineering consulting services to small businesses that participate in Mentor-Protégé programs of the Department of Defense, the Defense Information Systems Agency and others agencies. These consulting services are based upon industry standards such as SEI Management Practices, SEI CMMI suites, Six Sigma, ITIL, Earned Value Management and ISO 9000.

If you desire additional information regarding our Mentor Protégé services, please contact us via e-mail at info@ipowerllc.com or call (703) 338-7436.



iPower consultants have the expertise implementing quality improvement programs within small and large organizations using a range of best practices drawn from industry accepted best practice models such as the CMMI®, ISO 9001:2000, Earned Value Management, Six Sigma, IEEE, the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL®) among others.

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