To gain insight into the types of baseline best practices information against which you will compare your program, use the Measures of Effectiveness (MOE) tables found in the section following, called Metrics. Here, critical processes in design, test, and production (as referenced in Step 1) have been selected and principal areas of risk associated with each of those processes have been identified. Qualitative or quantitative "measures of effectiveness" thane provide the standards against which you can compare your program.
These tables are "quick looks" at some of the best practices found in the published documents of the benchmark database, combined with the experiences of seasoned assessors. For more information, you must go to the actual best practices documents or to the PMWS systems. An annotated excerpt from an MOE table is below.
At the end of each MOE table you will find a list of program data sources you can consult in order to discover more information about your program baseline data. These are typically documents, reports, analysis results, policies and profiles of particular design, test and production processes specific to your program.
Compare your program plan, requirements and policy standards, once compiled, to the technical best practices found in the benchmark database. This comparison is the measure of variance, to which a level or degree of risk must still be assigned.
The illustration below will familiarize you with the kind of information found in an MOE table, a number of which are in the Metrics Section immediately following this Methods Section.