DRI (Directly Responsible Individual) is the term used to indicate the person who holds ultimate responsibility for ensuring a project or task is completed.

The DRI concept aims to address issues related to ambiguity and Deferred Responsability. In situations where a group of people are deciding what needs to be done, whether through a meeting or email exchange, the larger the group size, the more likely it is for individuals to dodge ownership. This issue can be resolved by designating a DRI.

The role of a DRI becomes particularly crucial in the context of cross-functional teams and when initiating new projects. As shared by former employees, DRIs played significant roles at Apple:

Discover more about DRIs in this article Directly Responsible Individuals: The What, How and Why of DRIs