Once you have completed the RACI matrix worksheet, you should analyze the data. First, make sure that each task contains at least one entry for both R and A, as someone should be responsible and accountable for completion of each task to ensure a successful outcome. In addition, it is important that these are different individuals to guarantee nothing falls through the cracks. If a task contains neither an R nor an A, you should reconsider to determine whether its inclusion in the matrix is necessary.
Alternatively, if one item lists multiple Rs or As, reassess the particulars of the task to decide on ultimate responsibility and accountability. Assigning these roles to too many team members can cause avoidable conflict, which could obstruct completion.
Take time to look at the matrix from the individual angle, as well. Check to see whether any one person might be listed as R for too many tasks. Overwhelming one team member could result in quick and careless efforts, simply because that person does not have enough time or resources to produce quality work in every area. Similarly, one party loaded down with an abundance of A assignments may cause a holdup.
In general, blanks on an RACI matrix are not only common but also desirable. Chances are good that not every team member needs to have a hand in every single task.
Finally, clarify the expectations for each assignment with your entire project team. Make sure that team members are not only aware of their level of involvement for each task, if any, but that they also clearly understand the specifications of their responsibilities.
As long as you have delegated sufficient responsibility regarding each task and explained all roles and responsibilities, you can feel confident that the project will be completed in a timely and efficient manner.