Yuk! No one wants to read about a maturity model. Isn't that a tool from 30 years ago?
Nonetheless, over at herdingcats, there is an image of a model that captured my attention for a couple of reasons
- The image itself is an attractive presentation
- The substance is clear enough that most can see some advantage of every step
- In some things, we're level 1 or 2, making it up as circumstances emerge -- Innovation may occur here.
- In other things, we've advanced to level 4 or 5 because we know exactly how to do it, and we're committed to making it even better --- Productivity (and profitability) may occur here.
- Is there something useful here, or
- What's the utility?
- What's the action item for a project office?
- Maturity models are checklists, on the one hand -- stuff we should be doing. Are we doing them?
- Maturity models can serve as strategic objectives (to climb the steps), giving a glimpse of a differentiated future. Do we have a plan to get to one step or another? After all, who wouldn't be striving for the fifth step, always focusing on improvement?
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