Role Interface

Once we have committed to Separating Role from Soul and to organizing the company as a series of roles and the relationship between them, we turn our attention to describing each role.

It is useful to have a standard way of describing a role.

This much is clear; a standard template for describing a role makes it easier to have consistent role descriptions, and making it easier for both the person writing the role description and the person reading the role description.

More deeply, having a standard template forces us to think about what is important when constructing a role, and allows us to encode a philosophy around role creation and role transparency into the role descriptions themselves.

Our view here is a fractal view of the world — in the same way that a company should have a Mission, so should a role. In the same way that a company should have strategies and tactics, so too should a role. In the same way that a company should have customers, so too should a role. In the same way that a company must prioritize its projects, so too should a role. Creating a template that encourages us to articulate these things for each role encourages to be thoughtful about the creation of each role in the organization.


For each role, specify the Purpose (what the role aims to achieve), the Accountabilities (how the role achieves it), the Clients when applicable (the other roles that this role interacts with), the current Steward when applicable (the person energizing the role), and, when possible, a link to the list of current projects and prioritization.

Organize Role Interfaces in coherent collections of related roles, with each collection having its own interface (Nested Realms). Come up with the Role Interfaces through the Roles and Responsibilities process.

Published May 5, 2019