I recently reviewed a project plan and saw one of these click matrixed business charts. After looking at it for a while to attempt to understand what was going on, I asked the following: "Who gets the bullet if the project fails? " The answer I got back was "The team gets the bullet. " Now, some of you might think I was less than tactful in asking this question, but after studying this corporation chart I honestly could not tell who was steering the ship. Then when I heard that it was "The team" that has been accountable I got my answer: No one was accountable. If something proceeded to go wrong on the project this structure allowed for those in leadership positions to point fingers at the other because the command team was a team of equals.
Sylwester Byczkowski is a member of the community since December 2016.