Community post by Danielle Cook, Simon Forster for the Cartographos Working Group

KubeCon 2021 in North America saw the launch of the Cloud Native Maturity Model, a model launched by the Cartografos Working Group to help adopters and end-users to navigate the CNCF landscape and the wider cloud native ecosystem. As part of the launch, the Group also launched the book Admiral Bash’s Island Adventure. 

Today, we are pleased to announce the update of the Cloud Native Maturity Model. Working with new members of the CNCF community including Annalisa Gennaro, Marcello Testi and Jonathan Gershater, amongst existing members Danielle Cook, Simon Forster, Robert Glenn and John Forman, the group spent the last six months reviewing the model and speaking with TAGs to ensure it is reflective of how rapidly the market changes. 

The maturity model includes 5 levels each one covering people, process, policy and technology. These are broken out by key themes. Here below you’ll get an overview of some of the updates. 

Meet the Cartografos Working Group at KubeCon EU in the Project Pavillion! Learn more about the group and get involved! You can also attend the session, Intro to the Maturity Model

New Section: Business Outcomes

As part of the maturity model, we felt it was important to outline not just what to expect from the technology, but what the business could expect. Today we launch the new business outcomes section. In line with the model, we considered what business leaders – CEO, CFO, board members, etc – could expect from cloud native. 

This included ensuring alignment of business goals to how cloud native will help you achieve those. Some examples may include: 

While cloud native is not a linear evolution, and setbacks will be experienced, the first level in the cloud native maturity is to understand how you will measure success (your KPIs) and how you’ll demonstrate those to stakeholders. 

Some quantitative and qualitative example KPIs may include: 

You can review the full business outcomes on GitHub

Process Updates

Included now in the process section are information on GitOps and the requirement to establish a Center of Excellence for CI/CD. We also adjusted level three to include information on how standards are emerging. 

Technology Updates

We’ve worked to further raise the profile of security throughout Technology.  We’ve also worked to further integrate Infrastructure as Code.

Next Steps

The Cartografos Working Group is committed to keeping the maturity model up to date and relevant so that organizations of all sizes can use it as they journey through the phases. As part of this, our next steps include: 

We welcome any person working in the cloud native space to join this group. Information can be found in the resource section. You can also reach out to Danielle Cook ( or Simon Forster ( for more information and to get involved. 


Cloud Native Maturity Model