project management Raci and project team




Raci model


raci projectteamThe projectteam consists of all the people who play a part in the temparaly projectorginisation and contribute to the projectresult. A projectteam often is dynamic because some parties are only involved with the project in a certain phase.

RACI is a format to create a view of the people involved in the project team, and set all tasks roles in a RACI model. A successful projectteam has focus on the main result, but does not neglect the individual goals of the teammembers in the process so they can maximize their effort in relation to the project. A raci model or raci matrix helps giving a view of all responsibilities.


Projectteam selection and raci matrix

The selection of teammembers starts at the beginning of the project, in the initiation phase. Within the team it must be clear what roles there are, what tasks need to be done, and who is responsible. This can be made clear with a good raci or rasci model. The first thing the team has to do is to make a complete projectplan, to be able to control the project. A raci model or rasci model is a part of this plan. (see our page about the projectplan for more information). The main qualities a good projectteam has to have as it comes to good projectmanagement are as follow:



Basic RACI example

Within the projectplan the responsibilities of the teammembers are recorded, this could be done in the form of a R.A.C.I schedule or matrix. The RACI - matrix usually follows after making a basic 'Work breakdown Structure' or 'WBS' with the projectteam at the start of the project and the forming of the projectplan.

The letters of the RACI model (or even RASCI or CAIRO) stands for:

Added letters to raci could be:


To give you a basic idea of how the RACI-model works and looks, the picture below is a RACI type matrix, where you can see the activities on the left, and the teammembers on top. Putting the right letters in the right box gives everyone a fast and complete overview of the responsibilities in the team.

Raci example:

raci model

(The raci example above is a slight cut of a complete model)


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