Project management? Use the ARIES Matrix (with FREE template)

Blame game.


Heated arguments.

These are the things that may happen if there’s no simple, effective means for defining and documenting project roles and responsibilities.

If you’re a project manager, familiarizing yourself with the ARIES Matrix—a variant of the RACI (Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed) Matrix—could increase your chances of completing your project.

ARIES Matrix is a responsibility assignment matrix (RAM):

Accountable – Person accountable for signing off the work (max. 1)
Responsible – Person responsible for doing the work
Informed – Person(s) informed of work progress/completion
Expert – Person(s) consulted before and during a task
Support – Person(s) supported to complete a task

How the ARIES Matrix works?

  1. Download the FREE ARIES Matrix Microsoft Excel file template here.
  2. List down all the tasks under the ‘Task Description’ column.
  3. List down the names of the members of your team under the ‘Roles’ column.
  4. Assign who’s Accountable, Responsible, Informed, Expert, Support for a particular task.

Take note of the following:

  • There should be only one person accountable for a task.
  • The more the messier. So avoid assigning more than two persons responsible.
  • For a task, a person may be accountable and responsible at the same time.

I provided generic examples in the FREE ARIES Matrix MS-Excel file template you can follow, and make the most out of this powerful project management tool.

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Your online presence matters

Have you tried googling your name?

I’m talking about searching for info about you on the internet using the search engine Google.

What shows up in search results when someone googles your name can make or break your reputation.

If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor.

Open your web browser, type your name on the address bar, and tap enter.

There are three things that can happen when you do this.

First, no info about you shows up. (I’ll explain why this is bad for you.)

Second, positive info about you shows up. (Nothing to worry, but there’s room for improvement.)

Third, negative info about you shows up. (You have a lot of work to do.)

What someone finds out about you online gives an idea of what reputation you have.

The first instance means you don’t have an online presence. This is bad for you because you are not making the most out of a powerful tool in reputation building—the internet.

You’re talented. Who isn’t?

But no matter how good you are, if we’re oblivious of your presence, how would we know what you do best?

But it’s not just visibility. It has to be positive. It has to be good.

Having a Facebook account makes you visible online. But when you put in your profile, “Works at The Krusty Krab” or “Works at Eh Di Sa Puso Mo.” What does it tell about your reputation?

But when someone checks your FB timeline and finds there a link to the latest thought-provoking article you’ve written on your blog, perhaps a photo of the painting you can’t wait the world to see, or a video of the things that you’re passionate about then it speaks a lot about you as a person.

Your online presence matters.

Destroying your reputation is as easy as posting your nude pic on your favorite social media platform. The internet never forgets. What you post online might stay there forever even after you tap the delete button.

Building your reputation is a lot easier by sharing online what skills you have to offer to make the world a better place.

As long as what you do online promotes the well-being of others then you’ll never go wrong.

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