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The Project Management Tool Kit: 100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right by Tom Kendrick

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Integrate Plans

If the number of interfaces seems very high, it is probably prudent to revisit the initial program decomposition to look for a program structure that has greater project independence. Managing too many interfaces is risky and requires excessive effort.

Create a program timeline using data from the interface agreements to show the project connections. Show summary activities for project work (with no detail), and identify dependencies wherever inputs and outputs link the work of two or more projects. Uncover any interruptions or gaps in any of the project schedules.

An initial program schedule rarely meets program timing objectives, and it may also reveal resource overcommitments, budget overruns, and other problems. The program ...

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