New Edition of PLM Book, Making Use of 2011, PLM Project Success


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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                               September 26, 2011 - Vol14 #13

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New Edition of PLM Book
by John Stark
With 581 pages, the second edition of Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st century Product Realisation is significantly longer than the first edition. The new edition explains what PLM is, and why it's needed. It describes the components of PLM and the components of a PLM Project. The book is in three parts. The first part (Chapters 1 to 5) describes the environment in which products are developed, realised and supported.
This is the environment in which products have to be managed. It's the environment of PLM. The second part (Chapters 6 to 17) looks at the basic components of PLM. These include the product, product data, processes, applications, people, techniques and equipment. The third part of the book (Chapters 18 to 28) addresses the implementation of PLM.
Making Use of 2011
by Roger Tempest
With "only" twelve or thirteen weeks left before 2012, it can seem like too short a time to start developing anything new in PLM. However, this is still 25 percent of the working year, so the time needs to be used productively.

From September onwards, the PLMIG is always asked the same question: "Is it worth joining now - wouldn't it be better to wait until next year?" Once again, the answer depends on whether you want to get results now, or at some time in the future.

The main feature of PLMIG material is that it is always produced as a result of the PLMIG's activities. As a result, its release is biased towards the latter half of the year - events have to take place before the results can be generated (and therefore disseminated). The four quarterly PLM Journal issues tend to be issued between June and December, so that they can include all of the new working information.

In 2011 the PLM Standardisation Initiative has produced the PLM Best Practice Library (see 2PLM July 04) which embodies a wide range of neutral PLM tools and methodologies. This was followed by the Path to PLM (see August 15), that will steer a PLM implementation onto a best-practice track within a two-year timescale.

This means that there are two more issues to come in 2011. One of them will capture the results of the Standardisation Workshop in Milan this week, and the other will contain the new PLM Governance Standard. As this new material is combined with existing handbooks for Self-Assessment, Benchmarking and Maturity Roadmapping, it can make this coming quarter as productive as any other time of the year.


Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG. Membership of the PLMIG is available via

PLM Project Success
by Scott Cleveland
We all want our software projects to be successful. After working on many PLM [product lifecycle management] software projects, I noticed a recurring theme for successful projects. A typical software project has 4 major components: Analysis, Design, Construction and Implementation. You may use different terms, but you could place them in these buckets. The recurring theme is that the analysis component is critical.
  • Poorly performed analysis increases costs, increases the project timeline and makes it more difficult to be successful
  • A detailed, thorough analysis keeps costs in line, keeps the project on schedule and increases the odds that you will have a successful project
  • A key component of a thorough analysis is 'managing expectations'

The analyst must uncover what the customer wants in a solution - their expectations. They must temper those expectations with reality - what can and can't be done. 

Together, the customer and the analyst must jointly arrive at a requirements document that allows the implementer to meet or exceed expectations. If both parties work to the same expectations, the odds of a successful project go way up.

My Thoughts....
Managing expectations is so important that I take every opportunity to confirm that we are still working to the 'agreed upon' expectations. If you are interested in getting referral business, make sure that your customer receives what they are expecting.
Don't forget, delaying your PLM project is costing you 'real' money daily. Now is the time to get started. Be diligent performing your analysis. Start receiving the benefits of a successful PLM project.

Your Thoughts....
Have you uncovered a key success factor of your own? What's holding up your PLM project?

Scott Cleveland can be contacted on +1 408-464-6387



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