Join Bob McGannon for an in-depth discussion in this video Staffing the integration effort, part of Project Management Foundations: Integration (2015).
- Ronald Graham is quoted as saying, "Juggling is sometimes…called the art of controlling patterns."…Managing integration is a lot like that.…You have to manage the patterns between teams,…day-to-day operational needs,…and the roles people play on your project.…It requires a lot of effort.…It's important to find appropriate patterns of work…and align responsibilities so you can divide and conquer…what needs to be done for your project.…Employing a wise staffing effort is the best way to start.…
There are a number of general rules of thumb you can use…when determining if you need to specifically assign…someone to integration tasks.…The integration effort may not necessarily be…a full-time job, but it still needs to be resourced.…Here are my recommendations.…First, enter the integration effort…into an integration tracking tool,…like the one I shared earlier in this chapter.…As a general rule, if I get beyond a 10 x 10 matrix…with this tool, I know I need somebody to manage…the integration effort.…
Second, if your project requires…
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- Assess how to plan for integration.
- Identify the cost and risk of a project.
- Communicate effectively with stakeholders.
- Determine how to staff the integration.
- Analyze how to manage critical project interrelationships.