Have you ever wondered why you got both a line organization and a project organization, a.k.a. matrix organization? What is the responsibility of each organization?
Project vs Line in a Matrix Organization
The line organization is often divided into a set of functional silos. This is obvious on a high level where we got finance, marketing and R&D departments etc. However, this is also the case if you dive further into each of these departments where you end up very narrow functional units.
Now, the project is a temporary, often time-boxed, organization set up to execute towards given objectives. In order to achieve is objectives it collects resources from the line organization and by doing so a project organization is created that can work towards its objectives.
The Line Organizations Responsibility
The line organization is responsible for
- providing resources to projects
- making sure the work is carried out based on craftsmanship
- managing employees and equipment
- long term development
The Project Organizations Responsibility
The project organization is responsible for
- specifying and reaching short term goals
- making sure that both time plan and budgeted targets are met
- managing change
- providing status reports
Is this how your organization works? Let me know! Leave a comment!