The evening of 19th April was different at our HQ in Kolkata. There was a gathering some senior executives in the CEOs office where I ran a presentation on the proposal of restructuring the organization. The gathering also included some tehnical leads from our organization. The main idea was to get as many different views as possible. Here is a brief of that:
The current organization structure
In our current structure all authority and responsibilities lies with the functional heads; the structure is created by having separate departments such as Design, PHP, SEO.Â
This structure is not â€œpure devilâ€ and it does have benefits like:
Disadvantages of this structure?
Organizing by project teamsÂ
This will mean creating a structure that comprises of independent, self-sufficient project teams that exist autonomously within organization. This team will be assembled for a specific project under a project manager. The team will be temporary in nature and its member will be reallocated when the project is complete.Â
The project will be organized primarily around the project manager, and then a project team is formed. The project manager exercises direct and autonomous control over the various discipline groups and is responsible for the coordination and monitoring of the effort of the team.
Benefits of this:
Disadvantages of this structureÂ
The Alternative? Best of both worlds i.e. Matrix Structure
In this structure the staff and resources that are required by the project manager are not permanently assigned to the project, but are obtained from a pool controlled and monitored by a functional head. People that are required to perform specific functions in a particular project are allocated as necessary and after their job is done they will be returned to the control of functional head for reassignment.Â
The members of the project team and their functional supervisors will have the responsibility for timely completion of allocated task within acceptable quality limits and they will report to both project manager and the functional heads.Â
Advantages of the creating a matrix organizationÂ
Disadvantages of the matrix organization
So, what’s the conclusion?
Well, to be honest after hours of debate, we are yet to reach one! I will keep everybody posted on what is finally decided.