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How is Configuration Management Different from Change Management?

September, 2018
Questions regarding the differences between Configuration Management (CM) and Change Management (also CM) arise so often that we decided to address it in a CMsights post. It is not uncommon that a new A&D program manager or engineering lead may think that configuration management and change management are synonyms. If... Read More

Hardware Configuration Items in As-X Configuration Management by Aerospace & Defense Contractors (Part 2 of 2)

August, 2018
Your new aircraft control system has gone through all the reviews and audits (e.g. SRR, PDR, CDR, FCA and PCA as referenced in Part 1 of this CMsights article) and you are ready to deliver your first unit/lot number to your customer. You have diligently assigned Hard Ware Configuration Items... Read More

What are hardware configuration items and how are they used in configuration management software by aerospace & defense industry contractors? (Part 1 of 2)

July, 2018
In this series of CMsights posts from CMstat on configuration management best practices we will describe what are hardware configuration items (“CI” or “HWCI”) and where they are used. Next, we will examine how are CIs best employed by A&D contractors in configuration management software used at the program, project... Read More

As-Configured Management Demonstration Using PDMPlus Configuration Management Software

June, 2018
Part 3 of 3 - In the first article in this series we summarized the aerospace business and technology trends which have added so much complexity into their mix of products, processes, and programs that risks paralyzing even the best defense contractors and their supply chain. In the last CMsights... Read More

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
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