A couple of thoughts:
- Not all problems can be solved by the same solution
- Not all teams have the same problem
- Not all teams have the same dynamic and ability to change
- Thus, not all teams will succeed with the same set of instructions
- But, all teams can be aided by an experienced mentor/coach
The problem I have with this is that it will most likely constrain the teams ability to explore new ideas and solutions to their problems. Their continuous improvement will most likely be driven through a canal that is managed by lock keepers and limited to the waterway. Kanban has had a refreshing influence on the community, but it is not for everyone. Does an organization create a maturity model that takes in every new idea? Does it have the capability to create a choose-your-adventure pathway?
Yes, I think an agile transition maturity model is possible. But I also think it is improbable to have the right outcome. And, it might be less work to allow the teams to find their own way with a centralized coaching/mentoring staff. What do you all think?
From a recent LinkedIn conversation I was having:
I would suggest that a first step is to inspire the PMO group in your organization to get out and observe the teams. Start documenting patterns. When there is a catalog of "for this problem, here are solution patterns that have worked", you not only have teams learning and growing from each other, but teams of like need mature towards a converged point.
Personally, I'd prefer this over a CMMi approach because it is a mentoring/guidance solution instead of a prescriptive/directed solution. The minute you demand teams follow a certain path, you limit their ability to explore and uncover great ideas. I believe that creativity and exploration through retrospectives is a key part of continuous improvement.