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Organization Management Rhythm (part 6.4): Tools – Staff-Utilization Matrix

This article is part 6.4 of a series of articles on Organization Management Rhythm.

The purpose of the Staff-Utilization Matrix is to illustrate the staffing requirements for the meetings executed by the staff in support of the organization’s decision cycle and their shared understanding. Once populated, the Staff-Utilization Matrix provides insight into staffing requirements for the senior staff and can help influence development of a joint staffing document. It also identifies high demand/low density staff sections which might be overtaxed by the current number of events they are required to participate in. Finally, the Organization Management Rhythm Manager (OMRM) uses the Staff-Utilization Matrix when considering new Organization Management Rhythm events or event requirements to examine the impact of proposed changes from a staffing perspective.

The Staff-Utilization Matrix is oriented in the following manner. Individual meetings are listed horizontally across the column headings at the top of the sheet. Below the event names are other fields containing key administrative information related to each meeting. The status of the 7-Minute Drill, in terms of its accuracy and currency, is reflected by a color-coding sequence in the row labeled “7-Min Drill.” Red indicates the 7-Minute Drill is out-of-date and requires updating. Yellow indicates the 7-Minute Drill is out of date and is in the process of being modified. Green indicates the 7-Minute Drill information is accurate and relevant.

Examples of factors which determine the accuracy and currency of the 7-Minute Drills include changes in information exchange requirements (IERs), event membership, event facilitator, etc. Similar to the other Organization Management Rhythm tools, the events are color coded to denote whether they are senior staff group touch-points or if they belong to one of the three typical critical paths (Operations, Plans, or Man-Train-Equip (MTE)).

Vertically down the left side, each row of the Staff-Utilization Matrix lists the staff components including the senior staff, special staff, staff directorates, components, and contractors. It is important to include outside organizations in the Staff-Utilization Matrix as it helps define the supporting roles for the conduct of meetings among different staffs. .

Staff-Utilization Matrix
Staff-Utilization Matrix1
The Staff-Utilization Matrix is populated by reviewing the membership requirements as noted on the 7-minute drill of each meeting. An “X” denotes required participation by the applicable staff section/component/LNO. An “(X)” denotes participation ‘as needed’ for an event. Cells in the matrix highlighted in red denote which staff section is the lead for the event.

Next part (part 6.5): Tools – Time-Space Matrix.

Acknowledgements: Thank you to Tomi Antill, Keith Davis, Elise Keith from Lucid Meetings, JFHQ-C Leadership, and Kendra Albright from Kent State University, without whose support this series would not have been possible.

Header image source: U.S. National Archives, Public Domain.


  1. Turner, J. A., & Williams, D. E. (2020, October 1). JECC KM Practitioners Training.
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John Antill

John Antill is currently a Knowledge Manager at US Army Expeditionary Workforce. With over 14 years of progressively responsible knowledge management experience in complex technical roles – both military and civilian – requiring exceptional project coordination, problem solving, and management skills, John has established a track record of success by leveraging a collaborative leadership style to accomplish all short- and long-range objectives. An engaging and articulate communicator, he is able to clearly convey complex technical information and propose novel solutions to build consensus with key project stakeholders, including high-value clients and executive leadership. Furthermore, his consistent focus on remaining at the forefront of rapidly evolving technology allows him to drive enterprise-wide innovation and maintain a competitive advantage.JOhn is on the Board of Minority Empowerment Through Technology which provides underserved college STEM students to get the technology they need to be successful in their courware and projects.John Holds a Master of Science in Knowledge Management from Kent State university and a Master of Certified Knowledge Management from the KMInstitute.

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