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Competence Framework - 22 of 29

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COMPETENCE 22: INTEGRATED PLANNING

The ability to take forward the definition of outputs into detailed planning, incorporating multiple areas into the integrated project management plan.

Introduction

Integrated planning involves collating a suite of plans and processes to support a change initiative to create an integrated plan (commonly referred to as the project management plan). Its size, format and content may vary according to the complexity of a change initiative. The intention is that it captures the fundamental components of scope, quality, time, cost, resources, risks and issues, communication, success and completion criteria and benefits management.

KNOWLEDGE

Knowledge of formats for integrated plans.

 

APPLICATION

Comply with organisational practice when establishing the structure and format of an effective integrated plan.

Consider:

  • The chosen life cycle approach.
  • The governance in place for a change initiative and any overarching reporting requirements that may influence the structure of the plan.
  • Ways to gain commitment from stakeholders to the approach to planning.

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KNOWLEDGE

Knowledge of the purpose of an integrated plan.

 

APPLICATION

Consider constraints, assumptions, dependencies and governance arrangements when creating an integrated plan, including other relevant plans and documentation.

Consider:

  • The relationship between the business case, the priority of a change initiative and the integrated plan.
  • The need to associate the integrated plan with those of other change initiatives.
  • The requirements and the methods that can be used to determine the constraints and applicable risks, assumptions, issues and dependencies (RAIDs).

KNOWLEDGE

Knowledge of the typical components of an integrated plan.

 

APPLICATION

Create an integrated plan which balances the fundamental components of that plan to meet the requirements of a change initiative and ensure formal acceptance of the plan.

Consider:

  • The governance that exists in terms of tools, techniques and templates, and arrangements for review.
  • Ways in which the integrated plan can be presented to stakeholders to gain acceptance and formal sign-off.

KNOWLEDGE

Knowledge of monitoring techniques.

 

APPLICATION

Continually monitor the progress of a change initiative against the integrated plan.

Consider:

  • The governance and controls in place.
  • The data collection and reporting in place to inform progress.
  • The agreed contingencies and process for release/approval of these.
  • Ways to gain and sustain stakeholder engagement and approval.

KNOWLEDGE

Knowledge of ways to update integrated plans.

 

APPLICATION

Adjust an integrated plan using a change control process.

Consider:

  • The use of data to inform any actions and potential impact on an integrated plan.
  • The governance process to control change.
  • Ways to communicate the impact of a change to stakeholders.