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Authority Matrix
By SmartDraw.com

An authority matrix divides tasks and responsibilities for a project.

Authority Matrix

Typical Uses

Project managers can use an authority matrix to describe what tasks each team member is working on, what decisions they are responsible for making, and which team members are providing support for each task.

Best Practices

  • Determine key tasks and decisions. Make a list of key tasks and crucial decisions for your project.
  • Create a list of key team members. Make a list of key team members. Also remember to include in your matrix people outside your immediate department who may also have responsibilities or provide support and contribute to making decisions.
  • Fill in the table. Complete the matrix by noting who is responsible for completing each task and who is involved in making each decision.
  • Analyze. The matrix should make clear potential bottle necks in the project as well as point to potential cross-reporting issues and conflicts.

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