Corporate Usability Maturity

Summary
As their usability approach matures, organizations typically progress through the same sequence of stages, from initial hostility to widespread reliance on user research. An organization that reaches the managed usability stage still has far to go to reach usability nirvana. Attaining these higher maturity levels requires many years of effort.

Stage 1: Hostility Toward Usability
Stage 2: Developer-Centered Usability
Stage 3: Skunkworks Usability
Stage 4: Dedicated Usability Budget
Stage 5: Managed Usability
Stage 6: Systematic Usability Process
Stage 7: Integrated User-Centered Design
Stage 8: User-Driven Corporation

Corporate Usability Maturity: Stages 1-4
Corporate Usability Maturity: Stages 5-8