Project Management

All Integrated Now?

Kenneth has 14 years of healthcare experience in government and private industry. Over eight years of experience managing healthcare IT projects, operations, contracts, and personnel. His work experience includes project management, contracts and procurements, data analysis, claims adjudication, business writing, and business process modeling. Kenneth was certified in 2006 as a Project Management Professional.

Integration management is just one piece of the overall project management body of knowledge, but it is possibly the most important piece. All the other work can be done separately or in silos by different people working in different areas, but integration management is what brings everything together and makes project management the overall management of a project instead of just disparate tasks that have to be done during the project.

Schedule management and scope management can both be done, but if they are not done as a unified whole then they will not be very successful. When thinking of how you are going to integrate everything together, the following are important themes to keep in mind.

Working Together vs. Just Working
Whether one person or a team is working on the management of the project, integration is what brings everything together. The schedule may be managed very carefully, but if the scope management work never integrates into the schedule then ultimately both will fail. Changes to scope must be taken into account in the schedule, and the constraints of the schedule must impact or inform the scope that the project can accomplish any requested changes to that scope.

In order to integrate all of these things, the people working on them must work together and not just work. Perhaps this can be done by facilitating regular meetings to discuss …

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