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Sunday
May132012

Soccer Team RACI…

Suppose a soccer team had a RACI matrix:

 

Scoring

Tackling

Clearing

Passing

Preventing Goals

Goal Keeper

I

 

R

R

A

Striker

A

 

 

 

 
Midfield

 

R

 

A

 

Defender

 

A

A

R

R

 

This is clearly rubbish!  However you attempt to create a RACI matrix for a soccer team the result will be unusable.  Why is this?  Because it is a team sport. Everyone in the team needs to take responsibility for winning the game and doing whatever it takes in collaboration with other team members.

This means that strikers defend when necessary and defenders score if they can.  The key is collaboration between all parties in real time, rapid adjustment of roles and responsibilities to take account of new situations as they develop.  If a defender breaks through on run then a forward or midfielder should drop back to cover.  All this should be automatic and seamlessly executed.  The pinnacle of this was the Dutch total football – perhaps we can learn something from this in business…

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