The Skills Matrix
Identifying and Correcting Skills Deficits in Your Team
Vaclav manages a production line assembly team. Unfortunately, morale is low, productivity is waning, and quality control has become lax. It's frustrating for everyone, as Vaclav knows that he has committed, hard-working team members. But something isn't right, and he's struggling to identify what it is.
Vaclav might have the right people, with the right skills, working in the wrong roles. Or, the requirements of the jobs themselves might have changed, leaving the people in them insufficiently trained.
The challenge for Vaclav is to take stock of his team's existing skills, identify the skill shortages and mismatches, and then train people appropriately to improve their performance. The skills matrix is a simple and effective way to do this.
What Is a Skills Matrix?
A skills matrix* is a grid that helps you to audit and record the skills of members of a team. Skills matrices are simple tables, with people's names set in rows down one side, and a selection of relevant skills heading the columns along the top.