Published PM methodologies are rigid and do not allow for customization or the ability to tailor the methodology. Each project has a different scope and methodology, and each project should be managed as a unique entity, while following an applicable level of corporate standardization. As a result, integrateIT developed and trademarked its own methodology. integrateIT Strategic Portfolio Implementation & Execution. iSPINE™ encompasses industry best practices with lessons learned from integrateIT’s PM experiences. With iSPINE, your portfolio will have the foundation needed to support your business, and the flexibility to bend around the unexpected.
integrateIT’s iSPINE methodology follows the standards established by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading professional Organization for project managers. iSPINE facilitates the management of a project from initiation through close out, with a phased implementation approach as denoted in the table below:

iSPINE Phase Description Task Areas Impacted Benefits to Customer
initiateIT Determine the nature and scope of the project Project Initiation ; Capital Investment Planning/Management Formalize the initiation process and help to ensure that projects being worked fit in with organization’s strategic intent.
planIT Plan time, cost, and resources to estimate the resources needed to complete the project. Project Planning and Control; Business Requirements Development and Concept Formulation Standardization of processes performed during the planning stage will assist with identifying cross project dependencies and also allow programs to be tailored based on methodologies.
executeIT Complete the work defined in the project plan to accomplish the project’s requirements Requirements Management and Analysis; Project Administration Support; Capability Development and Improvement; Technical Writing Services Executing the requirements defined at project approval control gates. Managing and updating project schedules and baselines as needed.
controlIT Observe project execution; potential problems can be identified in a timely manner and corrective action can be taken Capital Investment Planning/Management; Periodic and Milestone Project Reviews/Reporting; Project Assessment/EVM;CM; Risk Management; DM; Acceptance Test Planning and QM Proactively report on the project and modify the plan accordingly. Without this formalized process many times issues are not dealt with until it is too late.
closeIT Formal acceptance of the project and the ending thereof Knowledge Management The most overlooked stage of projects. Lessons learned and other end-of- project reports become critical to help the organization improve on future projects.

While applying proven PM tools and techniques to guide project and program execution, iSPINE also focuses on the reporting potential of project information. With decades plus of management experience, our PMs know the importance of providing accurate and relevant information to support executive decision making. We’ve made a reporting focus a fundamental aspect of each phase of iSPINE.