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RACI Charts to Ensure Your Colleagues Get Their Sh*t Done

No excuses here, just pure accountability, and probably some angry Slack/Emails

Having trouble getting people to get their work done and take responsibility for certain problems? Consider using a RACI Chart.

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What is it?

A RACI chart (also known as a RACI matrix or responsibility assignment matrix) stands for responsible, accountable, consulted, and informed. It is a visual representation of the roles and responsibilities of individuals or groups within a project or organization. 

What’s it do?

It is used to clearly define and document who is responsible for each task or decision, and to ensure that everyone understands their roles and responsibilities within the project or organization. 

A RACI chart typically includes a list of tasks or activities on the left-hand side and a list of individuals or groups on the top. Each task or activity is then assigned to a specific individual or group based on their role in the task. The four main roles that can be assigned in a RACI chart are:

  1. Responsible: This is the person or group who is responsible for completing the task or activity. They have the authority to make decisions and take actions related to the task.

  2. Accountable: This is the person or group who is ultimately accountable for the success or failure of the task or activity. They are the final decision-maker and are responsible for ensuring that the task is completed on time and to the required standards. 

  3. Consulted: This is the person or group who needs to be consulted or involved in the decision-making process for the task or activity. They may not have final say in the decision, but their input is important.

  4. Informed: This is the person or group who needs to be kept informed about the progress of the task or activity. They may not be directly involved in the decision-making process, but they need to be aware of what is happening.

PROS

  1. Clearly defines roles and responsibilities

  2. Increases accountability

  3. Prevents misunderstandings and conflicts

  4. Improves communication

CONS

  1. Takes time to create

  2. Requires ongoing maintenance

  3. Can be inflexible

  4. May not be suitable for all projects or organizations

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