Integration as a Leadership Function

Organizations effectively integrate their program and new product development project work when their leaders encourage it. Systems do not integrate unless key people at the working and project levels actually think integration. Thinking "integration" is a way of looking at your work as interdependent, as a part of the whole. Information is shared in an integrated organization simply because the key people know that shared purpose and shared information serve the customer better, faster, and cheaper. New product developers, however, often want to do their work in isolation, off to the side of the main stream of the company. Management needs to work against this tendency to stay "offline" by making new product development a key business system.

Leaders prepare their organizations for integration by loosening bureaucratic barriers and encouraging cross-functional training and work settings. Information systems encourage integration. For instance, an electronic time sheet system is tied into networked Microsoft Project software so that project managers can see actual costs in real time. Leaders insist on these supporting systems because they know the value of information and sharing in building products that work.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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