“Project Dis-Integration”

One of the most critical and difficult parts of executing a complex product development project, is the integration of all of the stakeholders, tasks, resources, requirements, and management information. Project Integration ensures that objectives are understood and aligned; tempo is adequate and synchronized; and issues, risks and help needs are all communicated. All Project Managers struggle with this, and most do a reasonably good job at it. Some however don’t do it well, and perhaps worst of all, some deceive themselves into thinking they’ve got it together, when in fact they’re on the edge of disintegration. This limerick was inspired by that self-deception.

Project Integration?

There once was an organization,
Which had trouble with project integration.
It was system they sought,
But instead what they got,
Were components flying in close formation.

                                                                              Don McAlister, 20 November 1997

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About donmcalister

I retired at the end of 2011, after a 39 year career in the Aerospace industry as an Propulsion Engineer, Engineering Manager and Program Manager. My professional interests and expertise is in the areas of Program, Risk and Knowledge Management. I'm passionate about life-long learning involving a wide variety of topics and I'm committed to sharing my knowledge and ideas with those who are interested. My primary hobby is performing jazz music. I'm a jazz keyboard player, and vocalist, and I'm on the Board of Directors of the non-profit Simi Valley Jazz Club, which is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of jazz music from the '20's through the 60's.
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