I lately reviewed a project plan and saw one of these simple go matrixed business charts. After looking at it for a while to try and understand what was going on, I requested the next: "Who gets the bullet if the project fails? " The answer I got back was "The team gets the bullet. " Now, some of you may think I was less than tactful in asking this question, but after studying this organization chart I honestly didn't want to tell who was steering the ship. Then when I heard that it was "The team" which was accountable I got my answer: No one was accountable. If something went wrong on the project this structure allowed for those in leadership positions to point fingers at the other person because the leadership team was a team of equals.
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