5 Days to a Data Maturity Model for Data Governance: Day 4

We’re almost through building a maturity model that is just right for your organization. I hope yours is coming along nicely. Today I’m going to provide you with a template that you can use that nicely sums up your maturity model. Did I mention that your maturity model document need not be longer than one page? Its true. A well organized maturity model should be clear and concise; lots of documentation will just cloud its real value. This template will help you to be clear about how your data stacks up. Once you’ve reviewed the template, we’ll talk about how to put the levels you’ve already discovered on your own (the highest and lowest) into the template, and then work to fill in the middle using the natural maturity you’ve already found in your data. Continue on for the template…

Here are two versions of the template (please note that I’ve started to fill it in so you have a baseline to work from):
- Data Maturity Model Template – PDF
- Data Maturity Model Template – WORD doc

I’m not going to spend too much time explaining it because it should be pretty clear to you what to do. Your model may have more or less levels depending on what you are doing, but I’ve found 5-7 levels should be sufficient. Any less than 5 and you may end up with data that falls between levels, such as a 2.5 – you don’t want to do this. Any more than 7 and it may become ambiguous as to what level a data element is really on because the levels will generally be very similar to each other.

The first step as you fill in your document should be pretty easy. Take the lowest maturity model level that we developed on Day 1 and plug it into the first row of the template. Next, take the highest maturity model level that we developed on Day 3 and put it into the last row of the template.

The next step is going to take a little more thinking and working. Review your notes from Day 2 on looking for a natural maturity model already appearing in your data. See if you can easily fill these thoughts into the levels in the middle of your highest and lowest. If you can, great! If not, try to think logically about the next maturity level up from the lowest level. If you had data that fell into the lowest maturity model level, what action would you first take to bring it up a step? The result of that action should be the next level. (Example, if your lowest level is ‘unmodeled’, your first action may be to add it to your model. Thus, level 2 would be ‘modeled’.) Continue on and build towards the highest level.

I didn’t say that this part would be easy, but it should not be too hard. Please feel free to email me questions and definitely enter your email address in the box on the right if you haven’t done so already. That ensures that you’ll stay up to date with the posts on this site (no, we won’t spam nor sell your email address).