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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 CM training and CM 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

Why not use PDM for all CM requirements? Part 2

March, 2017
 (Part 2 of 3) In our last CMsights post we began to unpack a question we hear frequently: why can’t we just use existing PDM software for all of our hardware configuration management software requirements, including those uses downstream of product engineering in the supply or aftermarket service chains? Managing the... Read More

Why not use PDM for all CM requirements?

February, 2017
 (Part 1 of 3) A common question we hear from industry attendees at conferences and workshops is “why can’t I just use our Product Data Management PDM software to satisfy all of our Configuration Management CM needs." The answer we at CMstat typically respond with is an honest “yes you... Read More

Why Care About Contract Deliverables Data Management?

January, 2017
One of the more frequent observations that we at CMstat takeaway after meeting with a prospective customer in the A&D industry is the lack of awareness in the job function of those who manage the delivery of CDRL data and documentation to their own customers. While some managers may be... Read More

Who really are the users of Configuration Management software?

December, 2016

While recently speaking with the CM manager at an A&D site I asked what type of users did they have of their CM software.  The response was that there were some doing a lot of work, but most didn’t do much at all! After my shock from this answer, it…

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Dissecting the Functional Requirements for Configuration Management Solutions: The Use of Configuration Items

September, 2016

In our last CMsights post we listed the “Top Ten Requirements” of configuration management (CM) solutions that CMstat has heard most often from CM practitioners over our many years in business.  They were presented in no particular order because their relative importance varies greatly across different industries, product lines, and…

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