Willem Hoek

Accountability (RACI) vs Decision making (RAPID); Waterfall vs Agile?

Jan 06, 2020


Francisco Goya, Fight with Cudgels (Spanish: _Duelo a garrotazos_), c. 1820–1823

tl;dr

RACI

Roles

Responsible - do the work
Accountable - mandatory role. Single person
Consulted - two-way communication required
Informed - one-way communication ok. Typically after key milestones

Pros (+)

Cons (-)

RAPID

Roles

Recommend - propose a coursse of action
Agree - or peer review
Perform - do the work, similar to ‘R’ in RACI
IInput - provide input. Might be used or not. Similer to ‘C’ in RACI
DDecide - single person only.

Typical lifecycle / steps

Get Input -> Agree & Recommend the solution -> Decide -> Perform (Do) 

Pros (+)

Cons (-)

References

[1] Responsibility Matrix
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Responsibility_assignment_matrix
Retrieved: 1/6/2020

[2] RAPID®: Bain’s tool to clarify decision accountability.
https://www.bain.com/insights/rapid-tool-to-clarify-decision-accountability/
Retrieved: 1/6/2020

[3] Who Has the D?: How Clear Decision Roles Enhance Organizational Performance
https://hbr.org/2006/01/who-has-the-d-how-clear-decision-roles-enhance-organizational-performance
Retrieved: 1/6/2020

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