Here we see the fundamental structure of the toolkits which
are common to adopting a Framework or Ontology for any domain. Toolkits consist
of a set of documents defining the processes and products for the domain of
interest. The exact content is dependent upon the domain in question (e.g. Direction,
Operation, Transformation or Support) or the sub-domain in question (e.g.
Enterprise Architecture or Enterprise Engineering)
The Processes and Products related to Operating the domain in question are defined by
that domain. A placeholder process box of Evaluate, Analyse, Modify (as in
EMMA) is shown to illustrate that the entire cycle could start again at any
time born out of Operation, aka Continuous Improvement.
The Processes related to Implementing
the Framework or Ontology in question are defined by that Framework or Ontology
but split into two fundamental areas; developing the required changes and
rolling those changes out. In addition, a standard process of Mitigate the Risks will always be present.
The Processes related to Prepare
to implement the changes and the structure of the Foundation
products used are standard and are as follows.
This phase is concerned with setting out the business case
for starting an initiative to increase the maturity in a particular domain, and
gaining the required remit, budget and resources to do so. The resulting
Implementation Plan is born out of considering the Maturity model, deciding
upon the level that an Enterprise currently maps to, the level that it wishes
to map to, and the timescales in which it would like to make the transition.
The specific processes in the Prepare phase are:
Why Should I Care? - This sets
out the basic premise and high level reasons why an increase in maturity in the
domain is required.
Select Framework - This selects
a framework to help with the domain selected, and performs a high level
evaluation of the Enterprises Maturity with respect to it in to determine what
work might be required to utilise it.
Understand Framework - Here we do
whatever is necessary to understand how to apply the Framework that has been
selected. This may entail reading books, attending workshops or training, using
a consultancy or any combination thereof depending on the Enterprise and the
individuals involved. We also create the Vision document.
Plan Framework Rollout - Here
we use the framework to consider our maturity in detail. What level we are at,
what level we wish to attain, what the benefits are, and what actions need to
be taken in order to effect that increase in maturity.
These products are required for starting and/or restarting
an initiative to increase the maturity in a particular domain. Using these as a
starting point allows a rapid definition and proposal to be formulated. Once
formulated, the board can quickly decide whether to pursue the initiative or
Maturity - This product details
a Maturity Model which describes:
Motivation - The reason we wish
to increase our maturity.
Actions - The tasks we need to
execute in order to effect an increase in maturity.
Guidance - The things that will
guide us as we increase our maturity.
Measures - The metrics that
will allow us to know what level of maturity we are at and what would indicate
that we have attained an increase in maturity.
Assessment - Our assessment of
our level of maturity.
Vision - This product details
the overall vision of why an increase in maturity is required and how it will
be effected. Without a clear vision that the Enterprise Leadership can
understand, agree and believe in, the rest of the initiative will be
Risks - This product details
the risks associated with increasing maturity