This book presents a new view of program, project, and business management, an integrative wrap-around, of sorts, of the current state of the art. The book builds on the Project Management Institute (PMI) "Project Integration Management" standard in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), and then goes farther into the complex dynamics and interdependencies of modern project organization. Thus it will be useful to all current and prospective PMI members in testing for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and keeping current. Traditional project management tools and techniques are framed in a series of integration models or metaphors. The integration model is a forward-looking concept, beginning with the individual and building out to project outcomes, technology, team, organization, business systems, customer and market segment, the overall business regime, and, finally, the global economy. In this book, integration is defined at each level and builds toward a conceptual framework of interconnection and purpose that defines a successful project and program of projects.
Integration actually defines program management, that body of knowledge and practice dealing with multiproject portfolios, project selection methods, and long-term, complex programs with multiphases. Thus, the book is designed to support program managers as they seek out their roles in the upper reaches of the organization, working to implement business strategy through successful, integrated projects.
Chapter 1 introduces integration as a concept, presents the Project Management Institute Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK, 2004 version) on integration (from the standard), and annotates the PMBOK discussion with the author's comments and applications.
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