UA5 Maturity Scale

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Maturity models are a useful aid for developing capability, informing management on capability strengths and weakness and providing assurance.

A maturity model consists of two fundamental ingredients:

  • A requirements framework
  • A maturity scale

A requirements framework is a set of required elements that form a best practice system, process, standard or concept.

A maturity scale is a sequential series of defined, distinct states of developmental capability.

The UA5 Maturity Scale is a sequential series of six defined, distinct states of developmental capability described in broad terms.

The name of the scale is based on the first letter of each of the states presented – Unaware, Aware, Adopting, Aligned, Adapting and Advanced (UAAAAA) – with the repeated letter A that appears five times represented by A5.

Purpose and Objective

The purpose of the UA5 Maturity Scale is to provide a comprehensive, versatile and easy to understand scale that can be used to assess any entity’s capability maturity against any set of requirements.

Many maturity models with their own maturity scales exist. Typically, the maturity models and their associated maturity scales are focused on specific subjects and are available commercially. It is not the aim of the UA5 Maturity Scale to replace such maturity scales, although if desired it can be substituted in.

The key objective of the UA5 Maturity Scale is that the states named are immediately understandable, requiring zero technical understanding and minimal explanation to be grasped, making the scale accessible to a wider audience.

The UA5 Maturity Scale can be used to accompany and complement existing requirements frameworks that do not have their own maturity scale.

The UA5 Maturity Scale has been programmed into the Assessity assessment platform and can be used to assess maturity against a number of publicly available requirements frameworks that do not have their own maturity scales.

The UA5 Maturity Scale is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. See document for more details.

Click here to download the UA5 Maturity Scale.