Integration issues

The WBS is the first integration challenge after the alignment of the project with the business strategy is assured. The tool for integrating a project WBS is a generic WBS. The generic WBS is a standard business process, which defines the company's core project and product development process and project codes. All WBSs are checked against the generic WBS to assure alignment and workforce competency.

This is the way it works. First, the generic WBS is developed by a cross company team representing all key functions and support systems. A project management office is typically in charge of the effort, but the main thrust is to develop a "standardized" WBS and a task list on each product deliverable the company produces. Key coordination steps across the company are built into the generic WBS, thus ensuring all perspectives are reflected. An example of a generic WBS and how it works to integrate is as follows:

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