Smart Grid Maturity Model Navigation Series: Analysis

October 17, 2013

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Webinar Description

Many public power utilities are working to define an appropriate grid modernization strategy that makes sense for their communities. To facilitate these efforts and promote information sharing among APPA members, APPA is partnering with Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute and SAIC to offer a series of virtual workshops based on the Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM). Through a series of online workshops, participants will determine the maturity of their intelligent infrastructure, learn how they compare to other utilities, set targets for intelligent infrastructure implementation, and discuss what it takes to develop and execute an infrastructure roadmap.

Click here sign up for a free informational webinar to be held Aug. 15, 2013.

What is the Smart Grid Maturity Model?

The Smart Grid Maturity Model is a management tool that provides a common language and framework for defining key elements of intelligent infrastructure transformation and helps utilities develop a programmatic approach and track their progress.

What is the SGMM Navigation process? How will we benefit?

The standard SGMM Navigation is a five-step process with a single utility organization, led by an SEI-Certified Navigator. The SGMM Navigation process gives utilities:

  • a comprehensive view of intelligent infrastructure to help them consider the full scope of organizational and operational impacts
  • a clear understanding of the utility’s current state of intelligent infrastructure implementation (and as related to its peers)
  • a consensus view of the organization’s goals and aspirations, including motivations, actions required, and obstacles
  • a common language and framework for planning and communication, both internally and with external stakeholders
  • structured input into ongoing roadmapping, planning, and implementation
  • an informed intelligent infrastructure maturity baseline from which to measure progress and build an actionable plan

Working together through the Navigation process helps all of a utility’s key players get on the same page about intelligent infrastructure within the organization.

How will the Virtual SGMM Navigation work?

Free Introductory Webinar (Aug. 15 - One hour) – This session will provide an overview of the SGMM and the APPA Virtual SGMM Navigation and is open is anyone who is interested in participating in the process. Interested utilities can sign up for the series after this introductory webinar. 

The Five Steps


  1. Preparation
    Each participating utility will work with one of the SGMM Navigators to prepare for the Survey workshop. These activities include establishing context and organizational scope for SGMM Navigation, identifying and recruiting key participants, and completing the Permission form and sections 1–4 of the Compass Survey.
    Utility Commitment: A one-hour prep meeting and completion of sections 1–4 of the SGMM Compass Survey
    Output: SGMM Compass Survey with sections 1-4 completed; signed permission forms
  2. Survey Workshop (Sept. 12, 19, & 26 from 2–4 p.m. ET)
    Conducted over three two-hour webinars. Navigators lead participants identified in Step 1 in completing sections 5–12 of the Compass Survey, one domain at a time, to provide consensus responses to SGMM characteristics.
    Utility Commitment: Participation in all Survey webinars
    Output: Completed Compass Survey
  3. Analysis (Findings Webinar, Oct. 17 from 2–4 p.m. ET)
    Before the webinar, Navigators validate and score all Compass Surveys. Navigators prepare overall findings for the group as well as individual findings for each utility. Navigators present overall findings to the group in a two-hour webinar and answer any questions about individual findings. Individual findings are provided only to the specific utility.
    Utility Commitment: Attend the Findings Webinar
    Output: Overall and individual findings
  4. Aspirations Workshop (Oct. 24 & 31 or Nov. 7 & 17 from 2–4 p.m. ET)
    Conducted over two two-hour webinars. Navigators lead the participants through Aspirations setting, including setting the planning horizon (typically 2 to 5 years), setting aspirations for each domain, and identifying motivations, actions, obstacles and lessons learned for each domain.
    Utility Commitment: Participation in all Aspirations Webinars
    Output: Documented Aspirations for individual utilities
  5. Wrap-up
    Complete any outstanding action items, document Aspirations workshop results, evaluate the Navigation process, and capture any improvement suggestions and change requests.
    Output: Complete SGMM Navigation report

What reports will my utility receive?

Each participating utility will receive

  • a utility-specific Navigation report with findings, aspirations, actions required, motivations, and obstacles
  • overall report with
    • performance data analysis
    • trends
    • lessons learned
  • community and group composite reports
  • repeat user reports for those utilities that have previously used the SGMM

How to Participate:

The introductory webinar is free of charge. The registration for the complete SGMM Navigation Webinar Series is $445. This webinar series is only open to APPA member utilities.

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If you need a username/password, please contact APPA's Web Department at info@PublicPower.org.

Submit Questions in Advance
To ensure topics of interest are covered sufficiently we encourage registrants to submit topics and questions prior to the webinar. Please submit questions/topics to educationinfo@PublicPower.org