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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. We remarked this is not surprising because many managers, unfortunately, give little thought about CM until something goes wrong in... 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 applications, including those uses 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. These approaches are to:... 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 configuration management requirements, including those uses downstream of product engineering in the supply or service chain? Managing the configuration of a... Read More
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