For those who have heard of RACI, what might immediately come to mind is stakeholder analysis. This week I've been focusing on the topic of Accountability in teams, and yesterday I posted the question " Who needs to be involved?". WE often think that everyone needs to be involved all the time, for accountability to happen, when in fact, in any project there are multiple players, or stakeholders, each of which need to be involved in different ways.
RACI stands for Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed.
Consider one of your current projects. Who is involved? What level of involvement do they have?
Let's use the example of the roll out new team tracking tool for expenditure. As you think about what needs to be communicated to whom, and who needs to be involved at what level you might consider asking yourselves:
Responsible - who needs to do the work? This might be the team leader who has to gather the expense information in the new format and submit it.
Accountable - Who has ownership of this? Typically the "responsible one" is accountable to this person. The accountable person might be the General Manager, the Team Leader's boss.
Consulted - who needs to be involved and asked for input? Those consulted may involve other team leaders who have gone through the change, and team members.
Informed - Who needs to be told about the change or informed along the way? Individuals who are not part of teams may need to be informed so they know what changes are happening.
As you consider a current change which is happening, apply the RACI framework. Who is part of each of these different categories? Have you been communicating to them in the right way and frequency? What changes are needed?
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