What Is Project Integration Management?

Project integration management is project resources are coordinated to ensure that remain on track.

It involves ensuring that the project remains on track by identifying potential causes of delays are taking corrective actions to rectify them.

Why is project integration management so important?

The elements in a project might be connected to each other so it is important to have a holistic view of the whole project rather than analyzing each element independently.

These project elements include the following:

  1. Schedule
  2. Cost
  3. Scope
  4. Quality
  5. Resources
  6. Risks
  7. Changes
  8. Stakeholders

The Project Manager has to manage all these elements and their relationships to ensure that they remain on track and the project is successful.

What are the project integration management processes?

The processes that are used to ensure a successful project integration management are:

  • Develop the project charter
  • Develop the project management plan
  • Direct and manage project work
  • Manage project knowledge
  • Monitor and control project work
  • Perform integrated change control
  • Close the project (or project phase)

Since Project integration is an ongoing task, these processes are used throughout the project lifecycle. 

What are the Project Integration tools ?

Due to the complexity of project integration management, the Project Manager would need some tools that would help them with its management.

These tools include the following: 

  • Planning
  • Organization
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Relationship management
  • Critical thinking ability
  • Data analysis
  • Impact assessments
  • Scheduling
  • Budgeting
  • Change management
  • Risk management