Primer to Good Schedule Integration

By RUFRAN FRAGO, P. Eng., PMP®, CCP, RMP®, Author

One of the first quality items to check before approving the project execution schedule is schedule integration. Schedule integration calls for the most important fundamental criteria that need to come together for the project to be successful.

There is a world of difference between integrated and not integrated. Good integration results in intuitive, connected, or linked schedule. It translates to excellent management of time, cost, and risk. Other benefits are accurate calculation of critical path, resource requirements, and progress. It is a major ingredient to sound quantitative schedule risk analyses, helps project to communicate better, has positive effect on productivity, offers flexibility, and increases achievability. The project will potentially better the chances of meeting its most important objectives.

One of our scheduling gurus spreads his arms and said; “Yes my friend, pulling this schedule together is about quality and reliability through and through! (Figure 1)”

Figure 1-Integration is About Schedule Quality and Reliability

On the other hand, the opposite of integration brings forth many risks, problems and issues with the schedule becoming counter-intuitive, disconnected, and disjointed. It becomes more of an input than of an output. It becomes manually taxing and inconvenient, a communication tool that seldom tells the truth. In some cases, the schedule becomes the subject of contempt and blame.
Developing an integrated schedule needs to be approached with some serious planning. In this article, I would like to share with you the following attributes of a good integrated schedule. Consider these the requisites of integration.

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