Use RASCI Matrix to Manage Project Responsibility

Working on a project is difficult. If you have a large group of people with poorly defined roles, work can quickly become deadlocked. Instead, control who does what with the RASCI matrix.

As Business Blog Inc. explains, the RASCI matrix allows you to specify who is responsible for which aspect of a task in a project. For each task, a person can have one of five roles, which are distributed as follows:

  • Responsible: This is the person who gets the job done to complete the task.
  • Accountable: This is the person who is responsible for overseeing the correctness of the task.
  • Counselor: This person can be used to weigh the task, but is not necessarily responsible for completing the work on it.
  • Support: This person is assigned to help the person in charge. It seems to have consulted, but there is additional work.
  • Informed: people who are not responsible for getting the job done or getting it done, but who need to be aware of how it is being done.

This matrix boils down to simply highlighting what role each person should play in each task. It avoids the all too common “I thought you took care of this” mistakes that delay large projects.

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