Linear Responsibility Chart LRC

So many times, project managers are unsure of which resources to assign to which WbS task, resulting in communication and coordination problems between project stakeholders. A useful technique to aid the project manager is the linear responsibility chart (LRC) or matrix. It basically combines the WBS against the types of resources available. This is extremely useful for the project manager, as it visually depicts who is responsible for each project task. The following are suggested steps to follow when creating a LRC:

1. Document the project WBS in a linear manner on the left-hand side of the matrix.

2. Arrange all the resource elements from the corporation horizontally across the top of the matrix.

3. Assess each intersection point on the matrix to indicate each resources interest in the respective WBS activities.

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