Join Bob McGannon for an in-depth discussion in this video When integration is the first priority, part of Project Management Foundations: Integration (2015).
- Have you ever heard the Abbott and Costello…comedy routine, Who's On First?…There was much confusion about resources being utilized…on each base during a game of baseball.…At the end of the sketch, it is revealed…the name of the shortstop is Idontgiveadarn.…This is exactly what can happen when integration…is not performed well on projects.…No one gives a darn.…Integrated projects often share resources,…and to ensure that people give a darn,…and know what to give a darn about, is important.…
Effort is needed to ensure your team members can work…effectively across the integrated projects they work on.…Integration needs to be done on an ongoing basis.…When there are ties between projects and within projects,…take time to document them…so your team members understand them.…Don't rely on your memory to determine…where the integration points lie.…An integration tracking tool allows you…to boost your memory and quickly show…the complexity and impact of change on your project.…
It also allows you to communicate…in a visual and effective way.…
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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.