Why Mapping Maturity?

Why Mapping Maturity?

During a discussion of an early incarnation of Maturity Mapping in 2018, Jabe Bloom put these three stickies on a wall. They symbolise in a nutshell why we’re pursuing a better understanding of practice theory by exploring how to map (social) practices.  Jabe introduced Chris McDermott and me to Social Practice Theory (SPT) a little earlier, but we needed that little nudge of motivation. Practice theory is exploring culture through investigation of its practices. SPT is a specific model of practice theory created by Elizabeth Shove that postulates that a practice is socially shared and integrates elements that can be…

Mapping Alignment

This article was first published by Chris McDermott on Medium 9th February 2020 Ensuring everyone is aligned to strategic objectives is one of those tricky activities that require a series of interconnected practices, all telling the story to different audiences who have differing needs for understanding. The story has to be as coherent to executives as it is to those on the teams bringing them to life. However the story has to be told differently. Timespan of discretion Jabe Bloom, building on the work of Elliot Jaques, suggests that each level of an organisation, in particular in an enterprise, operates in…
Examining change: Practice as the central unit of enquiry

Examining change: Practice as the central unit of enquiry

This article was first published by Chris McDermott on Medium, 23rd Sept 2019 The book Dynamics of Social Practice puts forward the idea that practice is the integration of meaning, material and competence and that by using practice as the central unit of enquiry, we can better understand adoption, evolution and continued enactment of practices. One of the examples used, when looking at the adoption and circulation of practice, is Nordic Walking, “a form of walking involving the use of two specially designed poles to increase the intensity of the exercise”. The book illustrates, in this example by considering the meaning of practice, how to help a practice being adopted…

Mapping meaning

This article was first published by Chris McDermott on Medium, 14th February 2019 When running Maturity Mapping sessions with teams and in workshops I ask teams to map the practices they use. What I started to see appear on maps were activities that I didn’t recognise as practices, a number of times “Feedback Loops’ appeared. This didn’t, and still doesn’t, strike me as a practice. I tried to work round this by providing a list of practices both as a starting point and as examples to use, this didn’t go well. I had clearly set tight boundaries on what I thought practice was.…
maturity mapping in action

Wardley on Attribution

Simon Wardley  @swardley From Twitter 7th December 2018 X : How do we attribute you? Me : I'm not fussed. I don't care about attribution. It's nice if people occasionally mention it. ... I'm only fussed about keeping mapping open for everyone, to include as many people as possible. Think of it like "pay it forward" ... I gave this gift freely so others can benefit, if you build upon it then do the same. X : But what if we call it "Smith Mapping"? Me : Will it be creative commons, share alike? X : Yes Me : Then…
Mapping Maturity: create context specific maturity models with Wardley Maps informed by Cynefin

Mapping Maturity: create context specific maturity models with Wardley Maps informed by Cynefin

When organisations and teams are looking to understand how good they are and where they should look to improve they often reach for the latest maturity model. The use of maturity models to perform assessments is also an approach adopted by consultants. Whether that’s a health check or a 4 stage stepped model there are a few problems to be aware of. Most, if not all, maturity models are context free. They presume to know what is universally good in order to give you a clear way of assessing your current capability and then plotting a path to perfection. But…

Mapping Maturity: create context specific maturity models with Wardley Maps informed by Cynefin

This article was first published by Chris McDermott on Medium 11th May 2018 When organisations and teams are looking to understand how good they are and where they should look to improve they often reach for the latest maturity model. The use of maturity models to perform assessments is also an approach adopted by consultants. Whether that’s a health check or a 4 stage stepped model there are a few problems to be aware of. Most, if not all, maturity models are context free. They presume to know what is universally good in order to give you a clear way…