Project Management:

Key Documents

Responsibility Matrix

Describing the Responsibilities of Each Stakeholder Involved in a Project


Responsibility matrix lays out the major activities in the project and precisely details the responsibilities of each stakeholder involved in a project. It is an important project communication tool because all stakeholders can see clearly who to contact for each activity.

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Steps Involved in Setting Up a Responsibility Matrix

(for large projects, a separate responsibility matrix should be developed for each subproject)

  • List the major activities in the project (in the matrix rows)

  • List the stakeholder group (in the matrix columns)

  • Specify the involvement level, authority role, and responsibility of each stakeholder by codifying the responsibility matrix

  • Incorporate the responsibility matrix into the project rules (the original version of the responsibility matrix and all future changes in it must be approved by project stakeholders)

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