Personal Capability Maturity Model

I was not as resilient as I expected to be while unemployed.  I had dozens of technical areas I wanted to grow and extend, when I finally had time, I expected to jump to it.  I found myself without motivation and watching a lot of TV.

I was beginning to re-think from scratch my approach to taking care of my emotional and psychological health – including motivations for work.  Now that I am about to return to the working world, I’ve realized that I still need this re-think.

From my undergrad and after I have various models of sequential human growth.  They don’t do it for me – wandering in the un-definable direction of  ‘self-actualization’ or trying to identify and apply some step-wise abstract process based on Erikson’s or Kohlberg’s stages of personal development.

I really like and understand Capability Maturity Models (CMMs)

to define and measure progress. For years as a home-office based consultant I have had a daily ‘Personal Capability Maturity Model’  taped on my computer.  Level 0 includes behavior such as overeating, no exercise, watching TV incesantly, no social activities, and work being irregular and unchecked.

Level 6 includes daily minimum goals for exercise, social progress, minimizes TV watching, requires documenting the effort for and the number of completed accomplishments,  and requires some daily time on short and long term goal re-setting.

I am now expanding my personal CMM (PCMM) to apply beyond daily for personal and professional goal setting and tracking of how I’m doing. It is my intention to define and use a PCMM model which defines capability maturity levels in terms of specific actions and modes of thought.  This model supports both gradual and step-wise progress from psychological resilience:

toward general happiness, passion for work and an accelerated ability to gain expertise. There are increasing bodies of practice around what used to be general terms like ‘hapiness’.

Similar to Maslow’s Hiererchy and CMM, my PCMM is beginning to define the lower layers that must be maintained to achieve and maintain the upper layers.  Clearly resilience is a precursor to maintaining happiness and the continued improvement in the ability to learn, grow and be more effective.  Another key component for my progress appears to be in examining and strengthing my inner credibility.  This will involve:

1) better understanding and definition of my ethical system consistant my evolving view of the best motivations (e.g. Gaia, creating a better future)

2) ensuring that ethical system supports and brings energy to my personal goals including – but not limited to or by – happiness and professional goal fulfillment.

3) an increased confidence that I am increasing the level that my actions are ethical and effective at acheiving my goals.

4) ensuring that I deeply understand the organizations I support. work with and work for and align my passions with the goals of those organizations.

Please don’t mis-understand, I’m not going to be a slave this thing or set myself up for failure according to this system.  That said, I refuse to allow my thinking to preclude or stop working achieve the hightest PCMM level that I can define, as often as reasonable.  For this to work, my joy and passion have to be congruent with my ethics and goals in a way that causes action.  The PCMM is a defacto measurement of this congruence on a scale that includes the best and most effective actions that are possible for me.

Can’t find anything on the web that talks pychological, emotional and effectiveness progress in a similar way to this, but if you know of related areas of thought – I am interested.

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2 Responses to Personal Capability Maturity Model

  1. Ed says:

    I was searching for similar model – personal CMM and found your web site. I ‘d greatly appreciate if you can share more material on the subject.

  2. dsanford says:

    My old Personal Capability Maturity Model was simple – evaluated daily. It was valuable while I was working out of my house.

    Level O:
    – Watches TV ceaselessly
    – No social activities
    – Exercise undefined and irregular
    – Work irregular and not tracked
    Level 1:
    – TV only intentional shows
    – 2 social activities per week
    – Exercise at least 5 days/week
    – Define work goals daily – complete minimum required tasks each day
    Level 2:
    – TV only previously defined shows, max 1 hour/night on weekdays
    – 1 social activity/day
    – Exercise daily
    – Define work goals daily – complete minimum required tasks each day, relate to weekly goals
    Level 3:
    – TV only previously defined shows, 5 hours or less per week total, never more than one hour/day
    – Well defined social calendar with at least 7 social activities/week
    – Both exercise and hike daily
    – Define work goals daily – complete more than minimum required tasks each day, relate to overall career goals
    Level 4:
    – All Level 3 plus tracking and setting weekly exercise, social/relationship and work goals
    – No TV watching
    Level 5:
    – All Level 4 plus tracking and setting monthly exercise, social/relationship and work goals
    Level 6:
    – All Level 5 plus tracking and setting exercise, social/relationship and work goals
    – Documenting the effort for and the number of completed accomplishments, requires some daily time on short and long term goal re-setting.

    More recently, while still using the old model – I am looking for a psychological growth model. This starts with Cognitive Psychology moves from sustainable Resilience toward Happiness. Beyond that, the model involves being able to work with others to create sustainable resilience in various spheres to larger and larger groups of people. In this it may resemble Mahayana Buddhism. Still working on ways to define specific goals and time periods for that, but much of this goes back to the old PCMM.

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