What to know about Integration Management for the PMP Exam!

Happy Sunday and here is to a nice long weekend for everyone here in the states.

I know it’s been a while that I haven’t written so, I guess it’s time!

Today I have chosen to write about Integration Management.

Integration Management = knowledge area exclusively for the use of project managers. … The project integration includes the processes and activities needed to identify, define, combine, unify, & coordinate the various processes & project management activities within the project management process groups.

What does that mean in English terms?  Remember PMI is a different language and verbiage you need to understand. You really can’t memorize everything and if you do it will be useless if you really don’t understand it logically.

So, Integration in English means to put together, right.

Now let’s put this into project management terms.  All Integration Management is putting everything in a cohesive whole.  The act of balancing all the knowledge areas to ensure you is within budget, schedule, no scope creep, providing the best quality and customer satisfaction.

When a change is requested it must go through the Integrated Change Control process to determine the impact to the other constraints of the project.

Remember Integration Management is the only knowledge area that hits all the process groups

(Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitor & Controlling and Closing).

Know what your PM’s role as an integrator is.  Can you answer that question?

First let’s look some of the tasks a PM is responsible for

  • Scope management to ensure whatever is committed and contractually required is done and not less or more than it
  • Time management for keeping a tab on Schedule of the overall project and its sub-components
  • Cost management for keeping a tab on critical aspects of budgets
  • Communicating all the different set of stakeholders of projects
  • Managing stakeholders for their expectations
  • Managing resources for the best out of them
  • Managing quality aspects of the Project outcomes
  • Managing risks, both known and unknown and making sure project is least impacted due to it
  • Managing all required procurements for the project s/he working on
  • In addition, project manager also has to do manage change and configuration in the project

In order to complete his / her tasks in an efficient and effective manner, the PM has to look at the things in a connected manner. I.e. at any point of time, you can’t only look at the project quality, you have to also ensure, while looking at quality you are not taking more time also this is not over shooting the budget.

We all know not all projects work as planned, rather none of them go as per plan and that’s why project managers are there. We experience that in our daily lives. How many times have you planned your day but your plans have been changed due to unknown circumstance.  We have as PM’s have unique experience and need to deal accordingly.

To integrate all this we as PMs must keep a tab on scope, time, and cost and in case of challenges and risks, to ensure it’s communicated to right stakeholders in the right manner and time.

I hope this helped simplified integration management and you saw it in a different light!

I also wanted to remind everyone that the exam will be changing in Dec 2019. That gives you 7 months to study and pass!

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