Even in a matrix role, you can’t see all sides; alignments can only be found through dialogue with your bosses, team and peers. Create a forum for this and do it on a regular basis. Maybe it will take place at the end of each weekly meeting or at the end of a one-to-one—whatever it looks like, make it a practice to bring up misalignments and ask others about what they are seeing. Ask questions: Is there any new information that would lead to a misalignment? New projects or initiatives that have been added? Timelines that are changing? This constant scanning catches misalignments before they crash and turn ugly. Dealing with conflicts as they approach is easier and less emotional than waiting until they’re right in front of you.