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Is there a responsibility without authority?
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Is there a responsibility without authority? in other words, can a team member be blamed something went wrong if he was not given the required authorization.
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Most likely, if they accepted the responsibility. Some PM's accept projects with no project charter or official authority, just a "verbal", and they can get into trouble later.
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Logically, a person shouldn't be blamed if they fail to perform a task they don't have the authority to carry out, but it often happens - and the people who assign blame in these circumstances usually don't care about the fairness of the situation.
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Responsibility, Accountability and Authority. one can not be held responsible or accountable unless they have been given the authority to achieve the task or goal.
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If the following is missing, there is no way to blame a team member if something goes wrong:
- Team empowerment by management
- Project Charter and agreed project values (way of working)
- Definition of Roles and Responsibilities
- Definition of agreed workpackages or backlog with sprints with defined assignments
- Definition of Done
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No there isn't; moreover Roles & Responsibilities should be officially shared thru the RM "Responsibility Matrix".
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In the project management world, yes. Every day, it seems.
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The team member was stopped from accomplishing the task due to lack of authority, or their home department policy. In this case, the team member would be excused if this was reported to the PM immediately.
The PM would then be responsible to follow up with the sponsor, and the person who stopped the task from being completed, in an effort to find another way to accomplish the task.
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Short answer is yes. They are two independent roles. In fact, you can say the same about any of the RASIC roles in communication. The degree of "blame" might vary but it can certainly happen.
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In the first place, why accept a responsibility when you don't have authority to carry out the task successfully? Once you accept that task (knowing beforehand you have no authority), you now shoulder the responsibility to carry that task successfully. You are putting yourself at risk for project failure. However, the blame should be equally shared by both parties.

Performing a task without authority--That should also be included in the project charter under risk assessment.
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In some parts of the world -and you know which area I mean, YES, a lot!
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