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What is the Matrix Management 2.0™ Maturity Model?

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Organizations ready to shift from Vertical Management 1.0 (VM 1.0) to the Matrix Management 2.0™ (MM 2.0™) Operating System (OS) don’t do it in a single leap.  Instead, organizational leaders engage in an ongoing process of reinventing the way they manage and lead.


Understanding the Migration Process

The Matrix Management 2.0™ Matrix Maturity Model helps organizations understand the steps involved in the migration from Vertical Management 1.0 to Matrix Management 2.0™. The maturity model is broken down by SPARC™ Key — Structure, Productivity, Accountability, Relationship Management, and Collaborative Leadership — the five keys to a successful matrix implementation.

Levels of Matrix Maturity

Each key has 5 levels of Matrix Management 2.0™ maturity (levels 1 – 5). Level 0 represents an organization still using the Vertical Management 1.0 OS. The shift from level 0 to level 1 is a paradigm shift.

Matrix Management 2.0™ Maturity Model

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Understanding Your Maturity Levels

Your organization isn’t necessarily at the same level for each of the 5 keys. You might be at level 3 for Collaborative Leadership, the C key, and at level 1 for Productivity, the P key. By understanding what level you are at for each SPARC Key in the maturity model, you can create a strategy for moving the organization forward.

Begin Where it Makes the Most Sense for You

The migration process typically begins with shifting how you approach projects (level 1). Projects are usually a good place to start since in some ways they are a bit outside of running the business on a day-to-day basis. But you don’t have to start with projects. You could decide to start by improving your business processes (level 2). There’s more than one approach to making the shift.

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So, How Matrix-Mature Are You, Really?

If you would like to know your organization’s level of maturity, consider a Matrix Management 2.0™ Maturity Assessment. We’ll analyze your matrix maturity by SPARC Key and provide recommendations to help you meet the organizational challenges you are facing.

Paula Martin

Paula Martin is a Master Level Certified Matrix Management Consultant™ (CMMC™—MOL), and the CEO and Chief Creative Officer of the Matrix Management Institute. She is the developer of the MM 2.0™ Operating System, and the author of the Matrix Management 2.0™ Body of Knowledge, the Matrix Management Reinvented book series, and more than 10 other books on topics related to Matrix Management and Managing Projects in a Matrix.