A weak matrix gives the project manager a bit more power, but still less than the functional manager. Matrix structures use resources from across the organization, not from just one discipline. Team members are on multiple projects at once and it can become muddy as to when team members have deadlines for which project, who’s really in charge, and which project takes priority when there are conflicts.
A project manager in a weak matrix may also be known as project coordinator. They’ll serve as the liaison between the functional manager, the project team, and other project coordinators. In all of the matrix structures, communication demands go up because so many more managers are involved.
Joseph Phillips is the author of five books on project management and is a, PMI Project Management Professional, a CompTIA certified Project Professional, and a Certified Technical Trainer. For more information about Project Management Training, please visit Project Seminars.
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