Projects can be challenging at times, dealing with all the different tasks, that require resources and commitments to complete. That is why ‘integration management’ is used to bring everything together by effectively integrating the processes required to accomplish project objectives.
MAA uses this area of project management to identify, define, combine, unify, and coordinate the various processes and project management activities.
In the project management context, ‘integration’ has been described as having the “characteristics of unification, consolidation, articulation, and integrative actions that are crucial to project completion, successfully meeting customer and other stakeholder requirements, and managing expectations.”
This means that MAA makes choices about where to concentrate resources and effort on any given day, anticipates potential issues to deal with them before they become critical, and coordinating work for the overall project good.
The integrative nature of projects and project management can be better understood if we think of the other activities performed while completing a project. For example, some activities performed by the project management team could be to:
- Analyse and understand the scope. This includes the project and product requirements, criteria, assumptions, constraints, and other influences related to a project, and how each will be managed or addressed within the project.
- Document specific criteria for the product requirements.
- Understand how to take the identified information and transform it into a project management plan.
- Prepare the work breakdown structure.
- Take appropriate action to have the project performed in accordance with the project management plan, the planned set of integrated processes, and the planned scope.
- Measuring and monitoring project status, processes and products.
- Continually monitoring and analysing project risks.
Read about the other considerations that we include in a typical MAA Access Audit Project Plan.