Posted by: genevievetaylor | December 31, 2012

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.  Fun to see what was interesting to blog followers!  Thanks for your support and engagement; looking forward to a great 2013!

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Posted by: genevievetaylor | November 30, 2012

Responsibility assignment matrix – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

How did I miss this?

I was reading an article by Larry Kirchenbauer, a local leadership consultant, and he talked about helping a client become more able to set expectations, keep her team accountable, and achieve their goals.  The responsibility matrix was one of the tools that helped them clarify roles.  I have seen versions of it before, but not “the original.”

The idea is that there are various roles in a project, and each of these roles participates in a different way.  Depending on the task, these roles need to be identified as:

  • Responsible: responsible for implementation.
  • Accountable: the ONE person who takes ultimate responsibility for the entire project.
  • Consulted: internal expertise that is accessed to incorporate ideas and different perspectives into the project or task.
  • Informed: those people who need to be informed of progress or results, as they will be impacted or will use the end result in some way.

I could see this tool as being particularly useful for ongoing processes or long-term, complex projects.  I will certainly use it in the future!

Here is an article in wikipedia that has a nice overview, plus it reviews several other models (including support, verification, signatories, etc.)

Responsibility assignment matrix – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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