Project Plans for Security Integrators

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jan 26, 2018

How do security integrators typically plan projects? A detailed playbook with step by step execution? Just go out and do it? Somewhere in between?

100+ integrators told IPVM how they plan projects and what level of detail they use.

Project Work Planning Statistics

Based on responses, most integrators do plan projects out, but with only about a third of them answering they do so with high levels of detail:

However, the most substantial and detailed plans are tied to big projects, with many noting that smaller projects are often looslely defined or even not formally planned at all.

*** ** ******** *********** typically **** ********? * detailed ******** **** **** by **** *********? **** go *** *** ** it? ********* ** *******?

***+ *********** **** **** how **** **** ******** and **** ***** ** detail **** ***.

Project **** ******** **********

***** ** *********, **** integrators ** **** ******** out, *** **** **** about * ***** ** them ********* **** ** so **** **** ****** of ******:

*******, *** **** *********** and ******** ***** *** tied ** *** ********, with **** ****** **** smaller ******** *** ***** looslely ******* ** **** not ******** ******* ** all.

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Notable ******

*** ******* ******** *** plan ***, ******* *********** themes ****** ******* ***** all *******:

  • ******* ******** *** ***: As ***** ** ************* ******** ******** ********** (Project *******)******, *** ** ** typically *** **** *** master, *** **** *** chief *********** ** ******* the **** *** *** project **********. ******* ********* note **** '*** ****' frequently **** ****** ***** on **** ********** ** circumstances, *** ** *** PM ** *** ***** to ****** *** ****, it ******* ******* ***********.
  • ****** ******** **** **** Detailed *****: ******* *** is **** *** **** comprehensive *** ************* ***** apply ** *** ********. Indeed, **** ******* ********** never ** ****** *** plans *** **** ************ by *** ** ***** installers ** * *** days, *** ***** ****** much **** ********* **** worked ** ****** **** weeks *** **** ** coordinated ******* ******** *******.
  • ****** ******* *** ********** Are ***** ****: ** terms ** ***** ********* and **** ******* *** plan, ****** *** *** some **** ** ****** or ********* ** *** main **** *** ******** work.

** *** ******** *****, individual ****** ********* ***** these ****** *** ***** key ******.

Big ******** *** **** *************

*** **** *** ********** of * ******* ********* dictates *** ****** ** integrator's **** ****. ****** projects, ********** ***** ********* multiple ******* ****** ** coordination ******* ******* ******, often *** *** **** most ********* *** ************* planned:

  • "** *** ****** ******** due ** *** ***** nature ** **** ** our ********."
  • "******* ** *** **** of *** ******* *** generally *** ******** ** a **** *******/*** *** scope ** **** ********* to ** ********. **** can ** ****** *********** at ***** ********** ********* on *** ******* ****. Larger ******** $***+ **** have * ******* ******* timeline **** **********."
  • "******* ** *** **** of *** *******. ***** projects *** ***** **** details. ******* **** *** often **** ** *** techs ** ****** ***."
  • "** ****** **** ******* to *******. **** ********** is ******** *** ****** and **** ******* ****."
  • "******** **** *** **** a ***** **** ******** have ******** ***** ****** and ************* *****. **** work **** ********** **** they *** ****** **** the ******. ***** ********* by ****** *** ** coordinated **** **** ***********."
  • "*** **** *********** ******* for ** ** ** urban *******. ** *** manage ** ***** *******, you **** **** * daily ********. **** **** plan **** ******* *** type ** ****** ******* there *** * *** of *********** ******* *** different ****."
  • "** *** ******* ** the ******* *** *** PM ********* **. *** large ***** ********, ** have * ********* *** process. *** ***** ********, it ***** **** **** but *** ******* ** too **** ********* *** low ***** ********."
  • "****** ******** **** **** a ***** ***** *** detailed ****. **** **** tend ** **** **** if *** ******* ******* is ******** ** *** details. ******* ******** **** does *** **** ***** or ** ********."

****** ******** ******* *********** coordination, ********* ****, *** labor ********, *** **** their ****** ******* ******* money *** ***** ******* where ******* ******** ** not.

PM ***** *** ****

********, ******* ***** ** the ************* ** *** plan ******* ************* ** a ******* ******* ** current *** ******** ** as ***** *********** ****** work *****. **** ********* is *** ******* ************** of ********** ********** ***** ** ** official ***** ** ****** someone *********** *** **** job.

  • "*** *** ** ****** detailed ** ****. * don't **** *** ********* but * **** ** works **** *** ***."
  • "**** ********, *** * am **** * ***** cog ** *** *******. I ** *** ***** end ***** ** *** Users, *** **** * turn *** ******* **** to **, **** *** with ** **** *****. I ** ***** ** have * ******* ** so **** **** *** problems **** **** ** me..."
  • "*** **** *********** ******* for ** ** ** urban *******. ** *** manage * ***** ******* , **** **** **** a ***** ********. **** work **** ** ****** all **** ** ****** beacause ***** *** * lot ** *********** ******* the ********* ****."
  • "*** **** ***** **** from *********** ** *********** to ******* *******. **** salespeople ***** ** * detailed ***** ** **** for *** ** *** technician *** **** *** really *****. **** *** PM ***** *** * detailed ***** ** **** but **** ** ****** to *** **********."
  • "** **** * ***** project ******* **** * few *** ***********. *** assigned ** ** ******** to **** **** *** work ***** *** ** hit *** **********. "
  • "**** ** *** **** project ** ***** ** 3-4 ***** *******, *** PM ***** ****** ***** milestones."
  • "*** ******* ***** ** work *** ******* ****** documents **** *** ***** to ********* ** *** proposals *** ******** ************ and ********** *** **** will ** **** ** the *****, **** ** PM's *** ******* *****."
  • "**** ******* ******* ******** their *** **** *****, job **** ************, *************, etc. **** ** ******** to *** ******* *****. "

Some **** **** ** ******* ********

*******, *** *** *********** employ ******* *****. ******* responses ***** **** ************ efforts *** **** **** organic, *** ***** * basic ****** ** * few ***** *** ** used, **** ************* ******** work ** ******** *** execution ** **** ********* to **** ****** '******* their ***':

  • "**** ***** **** ****** gather ****** ** *** site **** *******. **** let ****** ***** ***** schedule. **** ** ** work ** ***** ** cameras. ***** ********* *** of ***** ** ****** jobs ***** ** ****"
  • "** **** ****** ***** workplans, **** *** ** any **********-******** ********* **** how ***** ** ***."
  • "** *** ****** ** track *** ****** *** projects. ** ***'* ******** very ********, *** ** all **** **** ** included **** **** **** of *** *******."
  • "** ** *** ****** have *** ****** ******* work *****. **** ** up ** *** ******* manager *** ******* ** determine ** *** ***** with *** ***** ****."
  • "********* *** *** **** detailed, *** ** ****-****** high ************** (*** ******). "
  • "***** **** ***** ********* and ******* ******** *** translated **** **** *****. Sometimes ** ** ********, for ***** ****, ******* the ****** ******** *** too *********** *** ****** notes ** ****** *****."
  • "**** ****** ** *** workplans *** ****** ** my *******."
  • "****** ******** *** ***** are ****** ***** ***** on *** *** ** project ********** ***** ** run **** ****** ** don't ***** ***** *** during *** *****."

***** ********* **** ******** mentioned **** ***** ** formal ******** ** ****, it ***** ***** ** beneficial, * ***** **** clear ** *** **** theme:

Strong ****** *** ******

***** ****** *********** ** no ******** ***** ********* the **** ******* **** followed. ******* ********* ********* that ************* **** ***********, better *******, *** **** comprehensive ****-******** ***** ** a ******* ******:

  • "*** **** ***** **** no ******* - ** don't **** **** * project *****. ** *** can ******, **** ***** poorly. **************, **** *** order ***** ********* ** materials ***** ******* ** coordinating ************ **** **** to ******** ****** ****** to ********** *** *** is ****."
  • "***** ******* ** ***** with **********. ****** ******** first ******* **** *** job."
  • "**** *********** ***** ** a ******** ***** ** work *** *** ** and ********** *** **** are ****** *****. **** the ** ***** *** a ******** ***** ** work *** **** ** convey ** *** **********."
  • "*****. ****** **** *** location. **** *** ***. Would ** **** ** have * *** ****, such ** ***** *************."
  • "** **** ** ********* this"
  • "** ********* **** **** detail *** **** * good ****."
  • "** *** ******** ** the ******* ** ************ project *********, *** **** are *** ***********. ***** now, ******** **** **** what **** ***** ** best *** ***** ******* and ** *** **** it. ** ***** ******* pretty ****, *** ** tend ** *** **** much ***** ** *** really *** ******** ** bid/spec ********."

Software ***** ****

*******, ***** **** ********* noted * ********** ******** or *** ** ***** used *** ********, ***** was ** ***** ****** answer. ** *******, * mix ** ************, * camera ****** ****** ****, and ***** ***** ********** programs **** ******** *********, but * ******* ** tools *** ****:

  • "** ******* ***** ****** for * ******** ** our ********. **** *** pretty ********. *** ***** charts **** **** **** when **** *** ******** and *** ******* ***** are ************ ** *** various ************."
  • "** **** *** ****** and ****** (**** **********), then ** ********* *** installation ** ******. **** installer ***** *** ** our ***** ******* ***** on ***** **** **** complete. ** **** *** had *** *****"
  • "** ************** ******* ******. ************ we **** *** * rack ******. ** *** use **** *** *** calculator ** ******** ******** views"
  • "** *********** ****** ****-**-**** ********* for *** ********. ** get ***** **** *** technicians ******** *** *** job ***** ** **** to ****** ******** **********, which ***** ***** ******** and **** **** ** are *** ******* *** critical *****."
  • "******** * ********** **** overlays **** **** ** other ****** ********** *****. Not ********* ******** **** enough *********** ** *** the ****** ******. "
  • "** **** **** **** up ***** ***** ***** Adobe ** ** *****. We **** **** * plotter ** ***** *** our ******** ** ****."
  • "** *** ****** ** track *** ****** *** projects. ** ***'* ******** very ********, *** ** all **** **** ** included **** **** **** of *** *******."
  • "********** ********** & ***** drawings. ** ***** * lot, *** **'* *** perfect"

** *** **** ***** in *** ******* ********** series, ** **** ******* project ******** ******** ***** specifically."

Comments (10)

**** ****** *** **** I ***** **** ********. It ****** ***** **** the ***** *** **** investment ** **** *** efforts ** **** * plan. ****** ******** **** that ***** *******. ******* ones **** **.

******* ****** ********* ****** is ** *** ******** side ***** * ******* Sponsor ** ** ** their ****, ** ** least **** ********** ***** of *******. **** ** some *** ****, * have **** ******* *** decisions *** ******* ****** from ****** ** ****** on *** ******** ****. When * ******** **** not [****] **** * formal ******* ******* ** their ****, ** *** have ******* ******* ** the ********** ****.

** ****** * ***** floor-plan *** ***** *** no ****** *** **** as **** ******** ** the ********** **** *** discussed **** *** ******. We **** ** *********** the *********** ** **** on-site *******. *** ******** of *** ******* *** 100-400 *******. **** ***** original ******** **** ************** costs, ** **** ** maintain * **% ****** on *** **** *** adding ****** ** ****** design ***** ** *********** if *** **** * well *******, ***********, ****-*********** staff.

** **** ** *********** *** *********** ** **** **-**** *******.

** **** ***** *** ******** ******** ****** ********** **** ***** on-site *******?

** **** **** ** will ** ** **** please, **** **** ** question ** ****?

*** *** ***** *** relationship *** ********* **** customers, ***** * **** ass **** *** ** where, ******** ** *** things ** ***** **** can **** ***** *****. I *** ** * real **** *** ** I **** **, ** far **** * ****-****. We **** ***** ** 10k ******* ** * whim, **. ****** * camera, ****** * ****** or *** *** * big ***** ** ***** home *****. *** ***** trust, *** ***** ****, they ***** *** ** do *** ***** ***** for **** *** ****** do **** ***. *** about *** **** *** too, ******** ****. * trust ** *** **********, except ** ***, *** I *** **** **** to **** **** ******* that *** *******, **** educated **** ****** *** it *** ****** **** for **. * **** over **** ** ******* last ****, *** **** did *** ****?

** *** *** **** of ******** **** * thought *** ***** ****** answer. **** *** ***** day * **** ********* something *** **, *** changed *** ******** ****** without ** **********. **** resulted ** *** ****** not ***** *** ********* and ** *** ** be **-*********. * *** hoping * ***** ***** if **** **** ** on-the-fly ****** *** ********* techs ********* **.

*'** ****** * *** IP ******* **** ****. :)

*'** ***** **** * good ******* ******** *** security **** ** ******. Even **** ****** *** they **** * **** plan, **** **** ***'* know **** * **** good **** ***** ****.

**** * ***** ** the **** ****, * figured *** ******: ********* here ** *** ********** the ********** ** ******** stage ** *** ******* and *********** ** ****. In ****** ** ****** sold ************* *** ** hours ** * **** of *** *******. *** would **** *** ************ if *** ***'* ** that. *******, *-*% *** technical ************* *** ** to **% *** *** project **********. **** ** integrator **** ** ** it ********, **** **** to ******* *** ***** expenses ** * ******* overhead *** ******** *** margin. ****'* *** **'* usually ****

*********** ********. * ***** this ****** ******* ** the ******** ** ****. We ** ****** * bit ********* ** ** company. ** ****** *** own ******* *****/********, *** we **** *** *** own ********* ** **** sure ** ***** *** standards.

**** *********** ******* **** competition *** ****** **** prices, ***** *** ** the *********** *** **** be ********** **** **** be ******* ** *** exact **** ******. **** it **** ***** **** to *** *** ** it ** ***** ******** hours, *** *** *** get *** **** ******* on *** ********* **** their *********.

*************, * ******* **** customers ***'* **** *** expertise ** *** **** to **** ******* **** their *** *****. ****'* something ****** **** **** to ***** ***** ****** building *** * ****** they ****** ******* **, which **** ** ******* by ******* ******* ** their ************.

***, * ** *** same: ****** *** ******, search *** *********** ** install. ***** *****: **** I ******* ** ******, the **** *** ***** be ****** ****** *** $50k ** $****. *** I'm ******* ***** ************ companies, *** **** "**** and ** ***** ***." I ******* ****'* ******* of **** ********** ******* in *** ****.

**** ********** *** ** my ***** ****. **** we've ******** *** *******, the ***** ****: "****, we ***** ***** ** many ***** ******** ** what ** ****. ** still **** **** ****** though". ****'* ** ******* of *** ******** ********** - ******** ***** ** 2, **** ** **** :)

*****! ******* *** ***** on **** ******* ** quite ********!! ******* ********** in *** ******** *** some ******** ** ** for ****....**** ****, ***** projects ********** ****** ******'* have **** ************ ******* a ***** ** *************** that **** *****. ****, and ** ** *****, don't ***** ******** *** level ** ********* **** exists **** **** '*** Users'. ** ****, **** have ***** **** *** specifically ******* ** ******* a ***** ** ********* that ******* *** ************** of *** ***********, *********** and *************. ** ***** that *** ********** ** stay ***** ** **% Margins, ** ******* ** double *** ******** ***** hours, * ******* **** your ******** **** **** be ******** *** *********** with ********* *** *********** line-item *******. **** ** us ** *** '*** User' ***** **** ******* and ******** ** *********** first - ** **'* and ********** ********. ********** clients **** ** ** ensure ******** ** ******* and ************ ******** ** systems *** *********. ******* plans, ********** **** ********** to ***** ******** *****, drawings, ****** **************, ***. are ******** *** **** clients **** *** *** this ** **** ** a ************ *******. **** of *** ***** ** this ****** *** *** representative ** *** ******** Industry....I ****?

***, ***** *** ****, well ********* ***********, *** there *** **** ********* integrators. **** **** ***** are **** ********* *** users, **** **** ***** are ************ *** ***** that ****** ** **** problems *** ********** ** poorly ********* ***********. **** like ***** *** **** end ***** *** ***** they **** *********** **** item ******* *** *********, and ***** *** ***** that **** ** ** they *** **** ******.

* ***** *** ********* of ***** ****** ******** that ***'* ****** *** level ** ******** *** organization **** *****-******* ******** do ** ******* * little ********* ** *** discussion. *** ****** ******** for *** **** **** get ****** **** ********, and ***** **** **** to *** *** **** good ******** * **** seen **** ** **** been ***** ******* *** shopped ****** *** *** lowest ******.

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