Running a project is complicated. If you have a large group of people with poorly defined roles, work can quickly grind to a standstill. Instead, manage who should be doing what with a RASCI matrix. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.
As business blog Inc. explains, a RASCI matrix allows you to chart who is responsible for which aspect of a task on a project. For each task a person can have one of five roles, which break down as follows:
- Responsible: This is the person who does the work to complete the task.
- Accountable: This is the person responsible for overseeing that the task is done, and done correctly.
- Consulted: This person may be used to weigh in on the task, but is not necessarily responsible for doing the work on it.
- Support: This person is assigned to help the Responsible person. Like Consulted, but provides additional work.
- Informed: People who are neither responsible for doing the work, nor responsible for overseeing its completion, but who should be kept up-to-date on its progress.
This matrix boils down to simply highlighting clearly what role each person has to play on each task. It avoid the all-too-common "I thought you were taking care of that" mistakes that hold up larger projects.