Scott R. Coplan


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The Integrator

A Change Management Framework For Achieving Agile IT Project Success

By Scott R. Coplan

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About The Integrator

When a $145 million IT project failure pushes Los Angeles to the edge of financial meltdown, the County CEO asks Max McLellan, a harried IT project manager, aka The Integrator, for help. The County Board gives Max 30 days to identify the problem and find a solution. At first Max finds the usual missteps, but something bigger and darker beckons, an explosive source of project failure. He must do something different, rattling ghosts of previous County IT failures, uncloaking crookedness, and exposing truths that shatter careers.

With some people rooting for his failure, Max battles to fit all the pieces together with the County team, applying his proven framework to define the problem, plan a solution and execute it successfully.

It’s common knowledge that barely 50% of IT projects succeed, per a 2017 Project Management Institute report. Equally well-known, approximately 70% of large-scale change management initiatives fail according to a 2017 McKinsey & Co. report. Given the challenge to overcome these low success rates, The Integrator offers a proven non-fiction narrative on the organizational change framework for achieving Agile IT project management success based on the author’s 45+ year client experiences and published research.

The Integrator defines change management as the single overarching methodology integrating Agile IT and project management. It does this because all projects are about change – significant organizational and personal change. The people involved – their participation in and understanding and support of these changes – ultimately determine IT projects success or failure. In fact, while all IT projects are about change, successful projects change human behavior.

The methodologies included in the framework, described in The Integrator, include:

  • Change management as defined by AIM (Accelerating Implementation Methodology).
  • Project management as defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) standard.
  • IT management as derived from the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEEE) Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) standard.
  • Agile as defined by the Agile Alliance’s Agile Manifesto.

Written by a certified Project Management Professional and accredited change management practitioner, The Integrator chronicles the challenges involved in applying this framework in a real-world setting to achieve successful project implementation.

Scott's Previous Book

Project Management
For Healthcare Information Technology

Scott Coplan, PMP
David Masuda, M.D.
Co-written by a certified Project Management Professional and a M.D., Project Management for Healthcare Information Technology examines three management disciplines in detail. This includes  proven methodologies encompassing standards and successful practices from project, information technology, and change management for a streamlined transition to a new digital solution. The book examines each discipline in detail, defined as a set of knowledge areas. It then describes the core processes that take place within each knowledge area in the initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing stages of a project. Real-world examples from healthcare information technology project leaders identify how the integrated methodology presented in this book leads to successful project implementation.