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All About Crawl, Walk, Run, Fly as Maturity Stages

Team maturity is assessed and tracked within AgilityHealth® as part of our assessments. Many of our assessments use the Crawl, Walk, Run, Fly model for Agile team maturity (and some also incorporate Pre-Crawl). Some of our radars are in other formats, such as High/Low or High/Medium/Low. These radars will be updated in the future to Pre-Crawl/Crawl/Walk/Run/Fly.

Why Crawl/Walk/Run/Fly?

We developed this scale for team maturity while working in a partnership with Gartner and with input from many of our customers, partners and 35 senior level Agile Coaches. The original concepts are widely used in different professional development models throughout the industry and originate with the statement "We have to walk before we can run, we have to crawl before we walk".

There is even a tie back to the Martin Luther King Jr. quote “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

How is the Maturity Stage Calculated?

For team based assessments, the maturity stage is determined during the Team's retrospective session and entered into AgilityHealth® by the AgilityHealth® Facilitator (AHF) manually or in some cases, calculated automatically by AgilityHealth®. By analyzing the assessment results, including the team's radar, the textual responses and the analytics table, a Facilitator and the team's ScrumMaster can help Teams determine which maturity stage most accurately reflects their current state. 

If the assessment was for the TeamHealth® radar, a Team Maturity Stage will be pre-populated. This is calculated based on responses to the qualitative questions in the assessment (this excludes any quantitative or metrics questions). An AHF can override the maturity stage if they truly believe the team is in a different stage than what AgilityHealth® calculated for the team.

For other radars, the maturity stage must be entered manually by the AHF. This will allow the assessment results to be used in certain areas of AgilityHealth®, such as the Insights Dashboard. 

How are Assessment Questions Aligned to the Maturity Stages?

Assessment questions align to the Crawl, Walk, Run, Fly model so that team members can clearly identify the stage they are currently in for each competency. Every question within the assessment is additive, which means that in order for a team member to pick the answer that corresponds to Run, the team must meet the criteria in Crawl and Walk.

In the below example, based on the Crawl/Walk/Run/Fly scale, a team member will pick from a scale of 1-10 for their answer. Crawl is 1-2, Walk is 3-5, Run is 6-8 and Fly is 9-10. If the team meets the criteria for both Crawl and Walk but not Fly, the team member should pick 6, 7 or 8 as their answer.


For our radars that incorporate Pre-Crawl as the first stage, the scale is a little different. In those cases, 1-2 is Pre-Crawl, 3-4 is Crawl, 5-6 is Walk, 7-8 is Run and 8-10 is Fly.


Some radars use a mixture of questions that include and don't include Pre-Crawl in their rating scale. Our quantitative questions include Pre-Crawl for example, while the qualitative questions may not. 

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