Conventional Top-Down Organigram Chart Project – Highlighting
The Matrix Organisation Chart
The value of creating a matrix organisation chart is that it allows a focused view of the people and functions pertaining to a project.
If we filter all of the people on Project X, they can be plotted according to functional area and also management level. In the matrix org chart we are not as concerned about who reports to whom, but rather the results of what the human resources are assigned to. Below is a two-dimensional matrix org chart that emphasizes function over hierarchy. Management can use this view to make sure they have the right people of the right number in the right placement throughout the organisation.
Here is a common but somewhat old-fashioned matrix org chart:
A Common but Insufficient Solution for Matrix Org Charts
The above chart isolates people by function and deliverables but is limited as a management tool because it lacks so much information and context. Also, it does not scale well for larger project teams. As a simple matrix of responsibilities it may be helpful but is clearly not a robust matrix style organizational charting solution.
Using OrgChart Now To Make A Matrix Style Chart
OrgChart Now software has an elegant solution to the problem of representing a matrix organisation visually. Dotted lines can be used to represent a secondary reporting relationship, but in org charts containing subcharts it can be difficult to follow.
Dotted Line To Signify Shared Reporting
OrgChart Now solves this problem by duplicating the box in each subchart, and including a link to allow users to jump back and forth. That way it’s possible to see exactly where an employee reporting to two managers sits in both groups of the organization. The employees secondary title can also be added if applicable.
Clickable Boxes To Show Matrix Structure In SubCharts
These charts can be created with OrgChart using a simple, standardised data set, easily extracted from software such as Excel or many popular HRIS, and formatted automatically. The boxes of the chart can also be enriched with other employee data (e.g. salary, performance rating, tenure) to properly analyze the effectiveness of the organisational structure.
These charts are visually informative at a glance and easily shareable as an interactive PDF or on the company intranet. All of this can be generated in minutes and refreshed automatically as the organisation evolves and people change. By adding key data metrics and generating “what-if” scenarios, future organisational states can also be trialled making the charts a powerful workforce planning tool.
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