There has been a quest for an “Agile Maturity Model” going on for some time now.
- Are we Agile?
- How Agile are we?
- Where should we improve?
- Can we get a certification that will convince our customers that we are agile?
The Scrum Maturity Model
The scrum maturity model (SMM) is supposedly “an applicable, useful and viable approach to reduce the failed development projects rate within the evaluation set of organizations.” The SMM, like the capability maturity model (CMM), has five levels.
SMM – Level 2
- E.1 Goal: Basic Scrum Management
- E.1.1 Objective: Scrum Roles Exist
- E.1.2 Objective: Scrum Artifacts Exist
- E.1.3 Objective: Scrum Meetings Occur and are Participated
- E.1.4 Objective: Scrum Process Flow is Respected
- E.2.1 Objective: Clear Deï¬nition of Product Owner
- E.2.2 Objective: Product Backlog Management
- E.2.3 Objective: Successful Sprint Planning Meetings
SMM – Level 3
- F.1 Goal: Customer Relationship Management
- F.1.1 Objective: Deï¬nition of â€Doneâ€ exists
- F.1.2 Objective: Product Owner available
- F.1.3 Objective: Successful Sprint Review Meetings
- F.2.1 Objective: Sprint Backlog Management
- F.2.2 Objective: Planned iterations
- F.2.3 Objective: Successful Daily Scrum
- F.2.4 Objective: Measured Velocity
SMM – Level 4
- G.1 Goal: Uniï¬ed Project Management
- G.1.1 Objective: Uniï¬ed Project Management
- G.2.1 Objective: Measurement and Analysis Management
SNMM – Level 5
- H.1 Goal: Performance Management
- H.1.1 Objective: Successful Sprint Retrospective
- H.1.2 Objective: Positive Indicators
Can the SMM help you? If you read this you are probably aware that Maturity Models is a highly inflamed topic. They are seen as stupid and signs of immaturity. But according to the creator of the scrum maturity model:
[…] and the present dissertation veriï¬ed that Scrum can beneï¬t from a maturity model. It was veriï¬ed that Scrum Maturity Model succeeds as the roadmap for small-medium organizations that seek selfimprovement and guidance, a self-evaluation model to rethink actual Scrum adoption for speciï¬c organizations, and a model to classify and compare the maturity of organizations for benchmarking purposes.
The SMM and other MM:s are based on some kind of assumption of uni-dimensionality and linearity. In a very interesting article by Michaelides et al this whole concept is picked apart as they show with statistical methods that these concepts are multi-dimensional and non-linear. (In their case they looked at XP “fidelity”.)
This post received some editorial updates on 2014-01-01.