Managing Project Integration

CHAPTER

In this chapter, you will

♦ Learn what project integration management does for the project manager

♦ Develop the project charter

♦ Develop the preliminary project scope statement

♦ Create the project management plan

♦ Manage the project's execution

♦ Monitor and control project work

♦ Understand how integrated change control works

What the heck is project integration management? This is the heart of project management and is made up of the day-to-day processes the project manager relies on to ensure that all parts of the project work together. Project integration management is about the project manager making the best decisions for work, resources, project issues, and all the logistics of the project so that it is completed as planned.

Project integration management is also about making tradeoffs between competing objectives and alternatives. As a project manager, I'm certain you've worked with stakeholders when each wants something that would cancel out a characteristic another stakeholder wants: Bob says he wants the house painted green, and Nancy wants it painted red. Or your client wants your organization to design a reliable, fast network operating system for thousands of users as long as it doesn't cost more than a few dollars. Competing objectives require negotiations, balance, and lots and lots of aspirin.

VIDEO Working with project integration management.

In the first part of this book, I discussed the project management life cycle and the 44 project management processes. These processes are not isolated elements, but overlap, interact, and complement one another. Project integration management is the coordina-

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