How does a RASCI help your design?

How you use your RASCI to inform a review is a fundamental and sometimes misunderstood activity.

In this post we will talk through 3 key outputs your RASCI should provide.


Tip 1: Identifying job groupings

Identifying and understanding how to group processes into effective groupings is a key technique any budding OD practitioner needs to understand. 

We know that at the broadest level, any organisation executes a series of strategic, tactical and operational processes.  Within these categories, a RASCI will help you identify and agree natural process groupings.  Understanding these will allow you to enable efficient information flows and develop role designs that optimise workflow and output.


Tip 2: Identifying functional groupings

Based on your understanding of logical process groupings, a RASCI can also be used to identify options to group functions.  For example, some of our clients are owners and operators of heavy assets.  They employ a broad range of technical disciplines, for example, engineers, geologists, scientists, etc. 

In a larger organisational setting, you might investigate the benefits of functional groupings aligned to technical disciplines, for example Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, etc.

 In a smaller organisational setting, you may investigate functional groupings that are based on multi-disciplinary teams focused on the production of agreed products.


Tip 3: Identifying organisational boundaries

No matter the size of the organisation, when you have to talk across departments, teams, business units, etc. it can be difficult and sometimes inefficient.  During a design review these are identified as key interface points.

They are typically man-made boundaries that can impede optimal information flow.  Your RASCI will allow you to identify these, so you can understand their impact and the risk they may pose to your design.

Posted to Advisory on Wed 3 2018

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