Ownership model

What is the Ownership model?

The Ownership model visualizes the relationship between the freedom and maturity of the team. It consists of two axes, two red zones, a green zone and a staircase. Only if the freedom and maturity of the teams are in balance, the teams can take ownership. This tool looks like this:

Horizontal axis: maturity

Maturity indicates the extent to which the team is independently capable of organizing its work and delivering products and services to its customers. Or in short: the extent to which the team can deliver self-organizing customer impact.

Vertical axis: freedom

The vertical axis indicates how much freedom the teams get from the agile leader and their environment. With low freedom, they need coordination and approval for many issues and they are supplied with many details in advance.

Two red zones

The two red zones (light gray in the model) arise when freedom and maturity are not in balance.

Green zone

The green zone is located in the middle, the area where maturity and freedom are in balance. The team gets clarity and frameworks. At the same time they get the room for their own input. This is the ideal environment for the team to take ownership.

Why this tool

Based purely on signals of passivity, low quality, employees who leave and the lack of initiative, the manager often can not determine whether stepping in or letting go is best. For this he must first know the maturity of the team and how much freedom they need to take ownership. To help with this, the Ownership Model has been developed. Using this tool, the manager can more easily talk with the teams on what needs to be done in practice. With this model it becomes immediately clear whether intervention is necessary or whether to let go is the better option.