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…
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…