A year ago at this time, I had just finished developing a maturity model for SharePoint. I was frustrated with the mostly tactical, technology-oriented conversations I kept hearing about SharePoint, and I believed this was a different take on SP that would be a useful community tool - but I had learned long ago, you never know for sure what will hit and what won't.
Now, one year later, I've gotten feedback on the Model from hundreds of SP community members, from end users to MVPs to Microsoft partners to Microsoft itself. The list of the people I have to thank for their contributions, support, and encouragement has become too long to manage. The Model has a dedicated website thanks to FPWeb, and I have a provisional patent and licensing agreement in place. It has reached a global audience via articles, webcasts, podcasts, and in-person presentations not only by me but by other folks who see the value in this tool, and the data I had hoped for a year ago is building up, one assessment at a time. In a few weeks I'll be releasing a Silverlight application on the site that will guide SP owners through a self-assessment, and generate a report on their maturity levels compared to the global average.
But with all this forward motion, I must acknowledge I'm not as far along as I'd wanted. The list of improvements is still long - both for the model itself and the supporting materials. Rather than being in love with my model, I see the need for continuous improvement and update. I know it's at risk because it is complex, and it aims to be comprehensive, in a world of 140-character reduction and user-interface simplification. But I still believe it's the best way right now to get a comprehensive view of a SharePoint implementation, and to create your organization's path forward.
I'm committed to keep going. So in the spirit of "if you tell someone, you'll have someone to hold you accountable," I want to share my vision for improvements to the SP Maturity Model in the coming year. Some of them are carried over, some are new.
- launch that assessment application
- make the experience of learning about SharePoint Maturity more interactive (by taking that overview PowerPoint presentation to the next level)
- incorporate Office365 and hosted solutions
- create the mapping for staffing / resources
- create the mapping to vendors
- prepare the Model for Office 15 / SP 2012
- continue the article series for SharePoint Magazine
- Last but not least, write a book on the subject.
Now - hold me accountable. And if there's anything that you'd like to see from the Model, or on the subject of SharePoint Maturity, that's not listed here, please let me know! Thanks to everyone who contributed during Year One, and I look forward to another great year!