Leading Projects in a Matrix Organization
All approaches to leading projects in a matrix are not created equal.
Collaborative Project Leadership and Your Matrix Organization
Learning how to lead projects collaboratively in a matrix is often the first step in making your matrix structure work.
Project leaders typically lead teams of people who report to someone else — to another leader in the vertical dimension. This means project leaders must lead teams without having authority over the team members, and this is one of the primary challenges for leading projects in a matrix. The leadership skills you need to lead projects in a matrix are very different than those required in a one-dimensional organization.
In a matrix, the project leader must gain buy-in and ownership from the team members so they will commit to producing the deliverables needed for the project to succeed. The problem is that most project leadership methods are directive, not collaborative, and do not lead to commitment.
The Collaborative Approach to Project Leadership
The good news is that you don’t need to throw out everything you’ve learned about project leadership to operate two-dimensionally, but you will need collaborative skills and tools to succeed in a non-authority-based matrix environment.
Our approach to leading projects in a matrix is based on the principles of Matrix Management 2.0™ and the SPARC™ Keys. It's designed to help project leaders develop the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to lead projects successfully.
- Projects are managed as portfolios
- Leadership is collaborative
- New tools, methods, and practices are required
Collaborative project leadership is a key element in Level 1 of the Matrix Management 2.0™ Maturity Model, a roadmap for migrating to the Matrix Management 2.0 OS.
What Does Our Collaborative Project Leadership Training Offer?
We know there's a lot of project leadership training on the market, but our Collaborative Project Leadership (CPL) training is the only program that offers truly collaborative tools and techniques to support your matrix. How does your project leadership training compare?
- Is it aligned with the Matrix Management 2.0™ Operating System?
- Does it teach project leaders and project teams a true collaborative method for leading projects?
- Is it highly participative with opportunities to practice collaborative methods?
- Is it consistent with the PMBOK® Fifth Edition and can be applied to other PM methodologies?
- Do 99% of participants recommend the program to others?
- Is it structured for novice as well as experienced project leaders and project teams?
If you need to improve your matrix project success, our Matrix Management 2.0™ compliant workshop may be right for you.