The Matrix activity offers opportunities to explore the effectiveness of different matrix, cell and linear reporting systems. It also offers the chance to model organisational networks and flows of information or resources around them.
Individuals within the group are trying to complete their personal targets in order for the organisation to achieve its goal, according to some strict rules on how the communication channels or supply lines are set up. Each individual must obtain a series of coloured links in a specific order but can only network with those that they are physically connected with.
Sometimes individuals in organisations & complex networks will need to consider the needs of others as well as their own individual targets, and the same is true in this activity.
In Matrix the participants are connected to each other by a series of rope connections from one individual to one or more individuals. The rope connections are the supply chains across which they can send and receive resources in order to complete the personal targets they have been set, and collect the correct coloured resources in the correct order.
This activity involves working within a collaborative system in which every individual has a specific target that can only be achieved through co-operation with others. The system has strictly enforced rules that must be followed at all times. Participants attempt to achieve their individual goals, whilst also supporting others in achieving their targets. The activity raises questions about flows of information, channels of communication and organisational structures. It offers opportunities to explore the effectiveness of different matrix, cell and linear reporting systems.