Method

Defining roles: Batman/Robin technique

Created by : Buffer
Last update : August 12, 2018

Obstacle

Have you ever worked on a project where you don't know who is its main responsible? What happens when the responsible person is not present? 

Solution

To answer this classic project management problem, we found a simple way to define in a fun way the primary and secondary missions of the team members.

 

Source: https://open.buffer.com/teammate-responsibilities/

Steps

1

List your team's missions

Download the excel attached. Identify the tasks that the team members must perform.

2

Identify and assign a Batman for each mission

Who's Batman? Batman takes the lead and has more time to deal with the project or perimeter.

3

Identify missions that CANNOT be interrupted

Ask yourself the question: if this mission is on pause, does it have an immediate and negative impact on society? If the answer is no, you don't need Robin on this mission. If so, continue.

4

Assign a Robin for vital missions

Who's Robin? Robin supports Batman when he needs help or when Batman is away. The city of Gotham is thus always protected.

5

Assessing the balance between Batmans and Robins

List missions in excel with Batmans and Robins associates to easily find out who is responsible for which missions. If a Robin is never Batman, it's time to assign him a main mission. Conversely, if a member is Batman too many times, it may be time to let him become Robin on certain activities.

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