Join Bob McGannon for an in-depth discussion in this video What are the critical success factors for project integration?, part of Project Management Foundations: Integration.
- What are the critical success factors for project integration? Most project managers believe integration activities can be managed like any other project activity, and that integration activities will add very little to the project effort. In these cases, most of those projects will fail. So the first critical success factor is being aware of the effort involved. Integration activities, especially communications, testing, and design work, will add significant time and risk to the project that could be costly if not managed properly.
The second success factor is thorough communications. This is critical for project integration. Unless you're doing all the integration yourself, frequent and detailed interactions, specific to integration activities, should be considered mandatory. Third is understanding the approach to integrating you project components. What are the steps you're going to take? How do you test early in the project life-cycle to see if it's working? I would suggest an audit from someone with fresh eyes as an easy-to-execute idea in this case.
But over and above a review, additional testing may be warranted. This is true if you're integrating products of the project as well. I recommend you adopt the "Try, Evaluate, and Repeat" approach. Except in this case, you integrate, test, evaluate. Integrate, test, evaluate, et cetera. The fourth critical success factor is relatively simple. Always draw pictures of configurations or deliverables, demonstrating exactly who is responsible for what project, artifact, or component.
That way, the project manager and the team will have clarity that all areas and components are covered along with understanding who each person must work with to produce a sound, integrated product.
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- Planning for integration
- Managing scope, cost, and risk
- Integration and communication techniques
- Staffing the integration
- Mapping project interrelationships
- Dealing with multiple critical paths