Thursday, September 06, 2012

Ruminating on RACI matrix

The RACI matrix (Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed) is an excellent tool for mapping between processes/functions and roles.
It brings in immediate clarity on Who’s Responsible for something, Who's Accountable for the final result, Who needs to be Consulted and Who all are kept Informed.

There are several templates available on the net that can be used for the RACI matrix. One good template is available here. Once data is collated on such a matrix, then we can analyse questions such as -

a) Are there too many A's? Usually its best to have only 1 person/role accountable for a process/function.
b) Are there too many I's? Too much information that is not needed? etc.

We can use RACI matrices anywhere. You could "RACI" any deliverable in your project. Also in EA governance, we can use RACI to clearly separate the responsibilities across the centralized EA team and project architects.Given below is an example of EA Governance RACI Matrix.