The Principles of the Structure Key
Structuring a matrix in today’s complex global environment requires a solution based on modern organizational technology that will optimize your organization, and deliver your strategy through cross-functional teams. Matrix Management 2.0™ (MM 2.0™) is based on a set of principles that supports that complexity.
The 6 guiding principles of the Structure Key
There are five keys to making MM 2.0 work — Structure, Productivity, Accountability, Relationship Management and Collaborative Leadership (SPARC™ Keys). Together, they produce the Alignment, Empowerment, Integration, Optimization and Culture needed to operationalize your matrix. Our approach to matrix organization design begins with the principles of the MM 2.0 Structure Key.
- Structure the horizontal dimension to run the business and the vertical to manage resources and technology.
- Structure the horizontal dimension around the most important organizational sectors and vectors.
- Structure the vertical dimension to support the horizontal structure.
- Create interlocking teams whenever possible.
- Structure organizational governance in the horizontal dimension.
- Deploy goals throughout the horizontal dimension.
Matrix structure maturity
The MM 2.0™ Matrix Maturity Model is a tool based on the SPARC Keys that provides the framework for creating and operationalizing your matrix structure. Each level addresses a different horizontal aspect of matrix structure maturity.
|Project steering council structure is in place|
|Horizontal dimension mapped|
|Sector and vector structure for strategic and operational steering is in place|
|Deliverables team structure is in place|
|All horizontal structure is operational and sectors are structured around teams|
In addition to matrix maturity, the Structure Key covers the changing role of the vertical dimension in support of the horizontal dimension, horizontal goal deployment and the structuring of individual teams.
SPA — the Organizational Lever
Structure alone isn't enough. You need to operationalize the business with the support of an updated management operating system so that it runs horizontally and positions your leaders to lead without authority. This requires leaders to address and update the Productivity and Accountability Keys as well.