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Choose the Type of Matrix Your Company Needs: One Size Matrix Does Not Fit All!

Disturbance Handling. Going further, it may make sense for some enterprises to extend beyond Planning and Budgeting and Priority Setting and reach into Disturbance Handling where major train wrecks are averted and dueling priorities are resolved on a more frequent basis than your customary planning/budgeting/priority-setting cycles. In this model, the matrixed teams apply criteria that define problems that are big and weighty enough to warrant cross-disciplinary attention and action. One typical benefit sought by this matrix design is correction of the “one-hand-doesn’t-know-what-the-other-hand-is-doing” syndrome.

Tactical Execution. Finally, some organizations want matrix management expressed fully and in its entirety, extending all the way from strategic and operational planning and budgeting right down into day-to-day operations. For these organizations—typically centered on projects and/or complex product development or service delivery—the penetration of the matrix goes well beyond the “governance overlay” and has life deeper within middle management layers.

This final anchor on the continuum, e.g., Tactical Execution, was the mental image that was discomfiting our Midwest CEO. It’s a matrix model that he did not want. The model he prefers stops and starts at governance, particularly planning and budgeting. The good news for him and for everyone else is that the choice is available: There is no one-size-fits-all matrix.

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