Generative Project Planning and Privicy Issues

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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                                         November 9, 2009 - Vol12 #17

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PLM Project Management: Generative Project Planning

By Roger Tempest


The relationship between PLM and PDM can be compared to the yin and yang of Chinese philosophy - complementary, inter-related, and different parts of the same whole. As PLM and PDM are different, they can require different approaches and techniques for what seems to be the same activity.

Recent issues of 2PLM have discussed how PDM is different to PLM, and how a specific focus on PDM is necessary to deal with the subject properly. The October 26 issue set out a new approach to project management that is highly effective in the PDM environment. It might be called a "Reverse Holistic", or perhaps "Ski Jump" approach, because everything builds and gathers speed in a draft state for as long as possible, and all of the finished documentation and IT changes are generated in a leap at the end.

But as PLM and PDM are different, so PLM requires its own, very different project management technique: Generative Project Planning.

When companies plan their implementation of applications such as ERP or SCM, they produce a full set of resourced and justified plans that lead to an end point of: "the system is implemented". There are many reasons why this is difficult to do for PLM. PLM is not a single computer system; PLM is more difficult to define precisely; it is more difficult to quote cost benefits when projects are submitted for approval; and PLM extends outside the organisation to customers, suppliers and other trading partners. And most people cannot see an end point of: "PLM is fully implemented".

The PLMIG PLM Maturity Workshop hosted by PSA Peugeot Citroen in Paris at the end of 2006 showed that there is a future state of Full PLM Maturity that it should be possible to achieve in perhaps 5 or 10 years' time. It depends not just on advances in PLM understanding, but also on collaboration and development of standards within the PLM industry.

Nevertheless, Full PLM Maturity is possible and is therefore the end point that can be planned toward.

This leaves the problems that PLM is difficult to define precisely; and that the end point is a long way away. It is still not possible to create a fixed, incontrovertible project plan for that journey.

So if fixed planning is not possible, Generative Project Planning must be used. This takes what seem to be two incompatible issues (that we should plan to PLM completion, and that we do not know enough information to be able to do so) and makes them work together.

The essence of Generative Project Planning is that the whole PLM plan is laid out, from current 'As-Is' to full implementation across the entire extended enterprise. Future stages will be described in the form of "concept elements", and near-term stages will be implementable projects that match the current most urgent PLM drivers.

The emphasis is on pragmatism, and continually reshaping the near-term and conceptual programmes in the light of guidance from the management team. It means that the board can see the big picture whilst only having to approve small or medium-sized projects, and the continual reiteration as projects end allows for changes of direction to adapt to the development of the business.

The difference between Generative Project Planning and conventional short-term or "scrum" techniques is that the entire roadmap to completion is defined, and is always maintained and updated. If the company changes its product portfolio, the GPP is updated. If there are mergers or acquisitions, the GPP is updated. If the management team rejects the short or medium-term projects, the GPP is updated.

Both the PLM and PDM forms of project management are covered in more detail in the Q2 issue of the PLM Journal.

Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG. You can send your comments or input via

I like to keep Myself to Myself

by David Potter

Our privacy is very important to most of us, even to the most high-profile celebrities. Social networking on the Internet has greatly magnified the risk of people unwittingly disclosing personal details on an unparalleled scale. The opportunity for misuse of personal information has therefore also greatly increased. 

The emergence of the "Internet of Things" (IoT) means there will be a sustained increase in the number of intelligent devices enabled for the Internet - trillions of them. These devices will increasingly communicate and interact with each other on a continual and more or less ad hoc basis. Because the majority of these devices will also interact with the human beings who own and use them, the risk of unintentional loss of privacy will also increase. 

The IoT promises many benefits. Take, as a single example, domestic energy saving. A home equipped with intelligent appliances, intruder alarm system and energy-saving control systems can potentially interact with other personal systems such as PDA, mobile phone, and on-board car system. Between them they can exchange data and collaborate to automatically secure the house and minimise energy consumption when you leave, and then manage the control of heating and ventilation systems to ensure that the optimum levels are met just as you return home again. But will we able to trust these systems to keep our data secure and respect our privacy of information?

Among the most important challenges facing the IoT is the ability to achieve an open and unified infrastructure for true interoperability, and at the same time to convince both commercial and private users that it is trusted and secure. However, there is currently the potential danger of an ever-increasing web of organisation- and domain-specific intranets due to parallel development of disparate technologies and standards and continued lack of trust. Just think about how many separate control interfaces already exist in a modern home. Do we really want more? How many authentication mechanisms do we already have to interact with in order to protect our identity and privacy? 

At best, the products enabled for the IoT will address these challenges in a responsible way. If they don't, then the least that I will expect of them is the ability to opt out and disable all the so-called beneficial features because I don't trust their respect for my privacy - I like to keep myself to myself! 

If you have any comments or questions related to this article, please post them on my blog at 

David Potter is Chief Technical Officer, Promise Innovation International Oy., and former Chairman of the Project Steering Board of the EU PROMISE Project.


Top 10 Reasons to Manage Business Processes

by Scott Cleveland
Top 10 lists have become popular, so let's look at the top 10 reasons to manage your business processes .... 

10) Actually see the activities required to provide goods or services 
 9) Identify activities that don't add value to the goods or services 
 8) Stop performing non value add activities [reduce costs] 
 7) Identify activities that touch your customer 
 6) Stop performing activities that are not customer friendly [happy customers] 
 5) Improve customer relationships [happy customers] 
 4) Produce more goods or services in less time [increase revenues] 
 3) Find more time for innovation [increase market share] 
 2) Create a competitive advantage [increase market share] 
 1) Increase profits 

Your Thoughts....

The order of these is somewhat arbitrary - what would you add to this list?

Scott Cleveland, Coldwater Technology







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Intergraph announced it has acquired the SIGRAPH business unit from Technische Computer Systeme Sussen GmbH. Details

i2 Technologies, Inc. announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement for JDA Software to acquire i2 Technologies, Inc. Details


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Dassault Systemes reported IFRS unaudited financial results for Q3 ended September 30, 2009. Revenue was Euro 291.7 million. Details

Geometric Ltd. announced its Q2 results for FY 2009-10. Operating revenues were Rs. 1281.93 Mn. Details

i2 Technologies, Inc. announced results for the third quarter of 2009. Total revenue was $54.6 million. Details

Lectra announced unaudited consolidated financial statements for Q3 2009. Revenue was Euro 35.9 million. Details

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PTC reported results for its fourth fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2009. Revenue was $246.3 million. Details

SAP AG announced its preliminary financial results for Q3 ended September 30, 2009. Total revenues were Euro 2.51 billion. Details

3D Systems Corp. announced its operating results for the third quarter of 2009. Revenue was $27.7 million. Details


ANSYS, Inc. announced that Joshua Fredberg has joined ANSYS as the vice president of marketing. Details


Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced it delivered advanced test compression and fault modeling technology to Hitachi Ltd. Details

CONTACT Software GmbH announced SELEX Sistemi Integrati GmbH's decision for CIM DATABASE. Details

Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp. announced that Westfield Sportscars is using SolidWorks CAD software. Details

ESI Group announced Renault used PAM-COMFORT to virtually design a new car seat. Details

Intergraph announced that Fluor Corp. renewed its GAA with Intergraph. Details

MasterControl announced it was selected as the software provider of a quality management system for the FDA. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced selection by Changsha Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science & Technology Development Co. Details

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Valor Computerized Systems announced that Hapro selected Trilogy 5000 Design for Manufacturing Software. Details


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CCE announced it added JT support to its CAD libraries. Details

Fishbowl Solutions announced support for SolidWorks and AutoCAD files with their linkLoader for Windchill PDMLink solution. Details

GibbsCAM announced a new high-speed rough-milling option. Details

ITI TranscenData announced the release of Proficiency Collaboration Gateway 8.1. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced the Tessent YieldInsight product. Details

Missler Software announced TopSolid 7. Details

NEi Software announced the addition of an explicit dynamics program to their simulation software suite - NEi Explicit 2010. Details

Open Text Corp. announced Vignette Portal version 8.0. Details

Rasterex announced the release of RxView and RxHighlight R11. Details


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Endeca Technologies, Inc. announced it has expanded its relationship with SAP AG. Details

Imaginestics announced it has been approved as an Alliance Partner by the NCDMM. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced the signing of Authorize Pty, Ltd. as a distributor in Australia. Details

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Pilgrim Software, Inc. announced an agreement with CDC Software. Details

Right Hemisphere announced Right Connect as its Asia-Pacific distribution partner for its Deep Exploration software. Details

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TransMagic, Inc. announced a new Master Reseller, Cadenza Software. Details


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ANSYS, Inc. announced its Ansoft Academic Product bundle. Details

Arena Solutions announced that the third quarter ending September 30, 2009, represented the 15th consecutive quarter of net new revenue growth for the company. Details

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Cimatron Limited announced it released a 64-bit Version of CimatronE 9.0. Details

Enterprise Informatics announced that eB has been certified for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. Details

Intergraph announced that ABB selected Intergraph for the development of an oil and gas pipeline network. Details

MasterControl Inc. announced a connector for SolidWorks Enterprise PDM. Details

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Sescoi announced a new branch office in South Korea for WorkNC. Details

Sopheon plc issued an interim management statement. Details

Zuken announced the introduction of two new bundles for CADSTAR. Details

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