Your IP Management Capabilities: Defining Your Roadmap and Starting The Journey
The last post in our IP Maturity Model series, this post covers earlier topics of IP Management goals and the gaps that must be filled in order to reach these goals, and emphasizes the final step in the assessment process - building a go-forward plan including action items and target dates.
Defining Your Roadmap and Starting The Journey
Earlier in this series, we walked through steps that result in a well-thought-out set of IP Management goals and the gaps that must be filled in order to reach these goals. The final step in the assessment process is to build a go-forward plan including action items and target dates.
Define Implementation Roadmap:
Building the plan to improve IP Maturity is all about applying basic project planning discipline. At a high level, the steps in defining the roadmap are to:
- Compile a list of activities and associated target dates focused on closing the gaps and achieving the targets
- For each activity, identify subtasks and resources required
- Summarize a quarterly view, IP Maturity Roadmap for the organization
- Communicate the results to stakeholders with help from the executive sponsor
Now that the roadmap has been defined, the assessment requires formal completion and the results are handed off to the assigned program manager and execution team. To do this we would:
- Summarize the results
- This may be a formal report or this can be a presentation
- Provide necessary collateral based on your audience and how they prefer to receive their communications
- Share the results
- Final review with executive sponsor
- Update collateral as needed
- Have executive sponsor socialize the results (although this should have been done along the way if possible)
- Celebrate and recognize
- Have executive sponsor thank the participants for their time and contributions (dinner, award, etc.)
As you rollout the IP Maturity plan, remember that it is important to “Make it what you need it to be.” Not every organization needs to achieve level 5 for all process areas, the level should align with the goals of the business. The plan should be adjusted as business needs change.