Chapter 2

Systems engineering and integration


The Integrated Master Plan (IMP) and the Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) can provide significant assistance in planning and managing large, complex programs. The IMP is an event-driven plan that documents major accomplishments needed to complete a program and attaches each accomplishment to an important program milestone. It is a mutual agreement between the customers and a contractor on what defines the event-driven program, whereas the IMS defines sequential events and important decision points to evaluate program progress and performance. Integration management (IM) integrates all the knowledge areas in a program and ties the plan together into a seamless activity; it coordinates the various ...

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