Depending on the level of maturity of your Business Architecture practice, there are many different methods to measure the maturity of a business capability. In fact, the method that you use for measurement will depend entirely on your own level of BA maturity. The better supported your BA program is, the more accurate you will be in measuring the maturity of the business capabilities in question.
For those readers who don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a primer.
In order to insure alignment, Business Architects will take the strategies of the business and analyze them. They will create measurable goals out of those strategy statements in order to determine the relative value of each, and then map those goals to a standard taxonomy of capabilities. That tells you which capabilities are needed. It doesn’t tell you where investment is needed.
The reality is that you can’t invest in everything, nor should you. You should invest in capabilities that are needed by the strategy but which are the weakest. An improvement in a weak capability can make a strategy possible.
So how do you know which capabilities are the weakest? You measure the maturity of those business capabilities.
As I mentioned before, there are different for measuring the maturity of a business capability. Which method you use depends on the level of trust and engagement that your business architecture program has.
Look across the “source of information” and “Method of Measurement” rows, and see if you can find the method that you currently use to measure the maturity of your capabilities. That is the best indicator of the level of maturity that you are at. Look at the column describing that level of maturity. Now, look to the right and see if you can discern the changes that you would need to make in the maturity of your BA practice in order to move to the next level of Business Architecture maturity.
The method that you use to measure the maturity of business capabilities is directly reflective of the maturity of your own business architecture practice. It is necessary to make the move to the next level of maturity in measurement if you wish to move to the next level of BA practice maturity.