Surviving in a Matrix: Simple Techniques for Effective Project Management in a Matrix Organization
You love projects. You love good project management. And you love the exhilaration of power teams and project success. BUT you are struck in a matrix? Not the matrix of the movie. But the matrix of a strong line organization where projects have all but a miserable existence. The line organization is dominating, politics is prevalent, people care more about securing their own posts, maintaining the status quo and thus focus on their daily tasks, not willing to look outside their box or even beyond their own desk. Projects?! Gee, hell no! Those are activities where you have to work with people from other departments, maybe even in cross-functional teams. But, what do those folks know about my area of expertise. Nothing! Hence, it is better to keep things as they are.
Does this sound familiar? Or, have you ever experienced or heard of such an organization and setting? – If so, continue reading.