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Hardware Configuration Management Software for the Aerospace Supply & Service Chain

April, 2018
Part 2 of 3 - The importance of As-Configured Management functionality for downstream users In this latest CMsights article from CMstat on hardware configuration management software we examine one of the most important aerospace configuration management functions that downstream users of product configuration data seek in their CM tools and... Read More

Hardware Configuration Management Software for the Aerospace & Defense Supply & Service Chain

February, 2018
(Part 1 of 3) Finding Simplicity in Complexity In this first article of a multi-part series on hardware configuration management software tools for the aerospace and defense industry we begin by summarizing the trends which have added so much complexity that can paralyze even the best defense contractors and their... Read More

Determining if Configuration Management and Change Control are Under Management Control – Part 3

January, 2018
The Top Questions Executives Should Ask Their Organization In our last CMsights post we presented the case that Product Configuration Governance (PCG) deserves more attention from the executive office suite beyond what it receives from configuration management (CM) practitioners. But how does a product line executive know when issues of... Read More

Determining if Configuration Management and Change Control are Under Management Control – Part 2

December, 2017
The Case for Configuration Governance: Across the A&D industry increasing attention is being demanded from executives by a growing list of governance concerns.  This list include matters of financial governance, legal governance, regulatory compliance governance, ITAR and controlled goods governance, human resource governance, and now even social responsibility governance. All... Read More

Determining if Configuration Management and Change Control are Under Management Control – Part 1

November, 2017
Questions A&D Managers Should Ask Their Organization: In a recent CMsights post we explored how to get managers to care about and invest in configuration management (CM), especially before some product failure or customer crisis makes them care too much. One hurdle a reader reminded us of is that when the... Read More

An Engineer’s Journey into Configuration Management: The Importance of Training and Certification

October, 2017
In this month’s CMsights post we invited Lisa Fenwick, Vice President of CMstat, to share how configuration management training and configuration management certification became so important to her engineering career. Lisa writes... I was very lucky when I graduated college with my BSME.  My first job was performing project management... Read More

Ten Missteps to Avoid in Getting Others to Care about CM

August, 2017
In last month’s CMsights post we reflected on why the combination of configuration management (CM) and metrics is so problematic for CM professionals to engage and then educate their executives about as part of CM planning. We remarked this is not surprising because many managers, unfortunately, give little thought about CM... Read More

Why CM Professionals Should Care About Metrics: Either Define the Baseline Metrics or Be Eaten By Them! (Part 1 of 2)

July, 2017
Every single thing we do, or don’t do, during our work day can affect the company’s bottom line.  There is a measureable hard cost in time expended, tools used, and resources consumed. These direct cost elements are a form of metrics that can be relatively easy to collect and then... Read More

What Do CM Rules Do For You?

June, 2017
In our most recent series of CMsights Posts we addressed the question of why not use PDM software for all Configuration Management requirements, including those applications downstream of NPD engineering in aftermarket service, repair, maintenance, and overhaul.  A question CMstat received afterwards was about the differences between design-centric PDM software... Read More

Why not use PDM for all CM requirements? Part 3

April, 2017
In our third and final post on “why not use PDM for all CM requirements” we will discuss the three most common strategies over the years for providing configuration management capabilities to users across the OEM enterprise, as well as throughout the supply and service chain. The approaches summarized below... Read More