UpsideDownMatrixManagement

Form new groups from the right roles and people

Definition

Form new groups from the right roles and people in a way that may cut across the current organizational structure.

Source

Upside Down Matrix Management

Discussion

The problem occurs where a legacy organizational structure is not suited to the allocation of work that is needed for the current project.  In a matrix-management paradigm, individuals or groups are asked to report to two (or more) managers in an attempt to solve the problem.  This pattern turns that notion on its head: instead of multiple reporting roles, a separate team is formed, so that the team members have a single point of reporting and allegiance.  The legacy organization may not be organized to support the required interdisciplinary teams, to staff teams with the right levels of the right people.  Work allocated in such an organization might get starved of resources or expertise.