The RACI Matrix tool for Project Management

June 8, 2016

RACI for Project Managers

 

 RACI matrix can be an important tool for Project Managers.  It allows for a strategic simplification of the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the project. Agile methodologies allow for quick changes to the roles and responsibilities of team members as a project evolves and needs change. Using a RACI matrix allows for project stakeholders and team members understand who is responsible, who is accountable, who is to be consulted and who needs to be informed of which tasks involved in a project.  Establishing a clear understanding of who is responsible and who is accountable for specific tasks helps reduce confusion, facilitates communication and collaboration and can help lead a project to faster completion.

 

R = Responsible – Who is assigned and responsible for the task

A = Accountable – Who is accountable for the task and must sign and approve work

C = Consulted – Who are the subject matter experts to be consulted

I = Informed  -- Who are the team members who need to be updated regarding progress and notified of results

 

How is RACI useful?

 

1.  It helps the project manager and key players know visualize and know if some people have been given too many or too few responsibilities.

 

2.  It reduces miscommunications by providing a visualization of who is accountable and who needs to be consulted for what tasks.

 

3.   It helps project managers organize a communication plan and meeting schedule that involve only the necessary team members. This saves time and as well all know time is money.

 

The RACI matrix is a project management tool that helps simplify the project planning process and facilitates communication and collaboration within the team. When used correctly the RACI matrix can help save time and make the team more productive!  

 

The RACI matrix is a project management tool that helps simplify the project planning process and facilitates communication and collaboration within the team. When used correctly the RACI matrix can help save time and make the team more productive!  

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