The “Measured Growth” play measures a team’s, department’s or organization’s agility using an agile maturity assessment, which includes a set of criteria that (claim to) define agility. Through the process, weaknesses or gaps are identified so they can be addressed, one by one.
Periodically, agile maturity is re-measured to gauge progress and identify new opportunities to improve.
There are many different agile maturity assessments. See the list under “notes” below.
A “Measured Growth” play is best used when one or more of these situations are occurring:
There are a number of advantages to the “Measured Growth” play, including:
Some of the typical disadvantages of the “Measured Growth” play include:
1. One key question people ask is "Should we self-assess, or should we hire a third-party to conduct the assessment?" This typically depends upon who important objectivity are to a successful assessment and how the information will be used. For many teams, departments or organizations, self-assessments are fine AS LONG AS participants are honest with themselves. For others, they need a third party to conduct the assessment in order to trust the results and use it as justification for an investment. In short, it depends on why the assessment is being conducted.
2. Many different agile maturity assessments are available. Here's a partial list to help you start your search, but please note that we do NOT endorse any particular maturity assessment. You and your organization will have to choose an assessment for yourself.
* Comparative Agility (https://www.comparativeagility.com/capabilities/Ca/)
* Agility Health (https://agilityhealthradar.com/)
* Agile Maturity Model (https://info.thoughtworks.com/rs/thoughtworks2/images/agile_maturity_model.pdf)
* SAFe Maturity Assessments (https://www.scaledagileframework.com/measure-and-grow/)