Innovation doesn't always have to be about creating a huge ground breaking revolutionary idea. Innovation can happen with just a small improvement.
I have a number of clients that I work with on process improvement. Process improvement to me is a form of innovation. One of the key elements to any innovation around a process is to know what you do so that you can do it better.
Part of knowing what you do is knowing what other people are doing as well. One of the tools I use with many clients who are working on complex projects is to help them create a RASCI table.
While a tool such as a table may not sound that exciting or innovative, for me if a tool can make things simpler, faster and more effective then it's a valuable tool. As an owner of a graphic facilitation business I'm biased when it comes to the use of pictures to help communicate ideas. Graphic communication starts with the most basic of tools - elements such as bullet points and tables are graphic ways of organising content in a way so that we can understand it faster and more easily. And the RASCI table is a good example of how a table or a chart can help you in your world.
So lets unpack the RASCI model.
You have a complex project with a number of tasks that need to be done. That's where the RASCI comes in.
1. Identify what the key tasks will be.
2. Identify who the key people are going to be:
- who's going to be responsible for getting the work done?
- who's going to be the person to approve the work that is done?
- who's going to support the key responsibility in completing the work?
- who will you need to consult with and get advice from?
- who will you need to inform about the work that is done during the tasks?
Why not create a RASCI table today to see how it can help you on your complex projects.