Integration - Putting the pieces together

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Early integration, getting systems that have never worked together to start "playing ball", is a neglected art. Poor preparation leads to poor results, delays and overruns

The Problem

IT projects experience major problems because of delays integrating the components into a working solution. This is a recurring theme, one that leads to vast schedule and cost overruns and complete project failures. These problems are an inevitable consequence of the way projects are approached. In particular they are inevitable consequence of the lack of disciplined approach to achieving early integration, the lack of a discipline of Integration itself.

These Papers

Changes to the way programmes tackle these issues are needed to address this. There is a need to establish and apply a discipline of Integration if continual failure is to be avoided. The three papers contained in this section develop the principals and practices of a sound approach to Integration.