Developing a Maturity Matrix for Software Product Management

  • Inge van de Weerd
  • Willem Bekkers
  • Sjaak Brinkkemper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 51)


The quality of processes in Software Product Management (SPM) has a high impact on the success of a software product, as it improves product quality and prevents release delays. To improve the SPM practice, we propose the maturity matrix for SPM, a focus area oriented maturity model concentrating on the SPM functions Requirements Management, Release Planning, Product Roadmapping, and Portfolio Management. In this paper, we describe the development of the SPM maturity matrix, consisting of (a) identification and description of capabilities, (b) positioning the capabilities at the right levels in the maturity matrix and (c) validating the maturity matrix with expert validation and a survey among 45 product managers and product management experts. The result is a validated maturity matrix that will guide further development of methodical support in SPM.


software product management maturity requirements management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Inge van de Weerd
    • 1
  • Willem Bekkers
    • 1
  • Sjaak Brinkkemper
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Information and Computing SciencesUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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