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An Example Use of Configuration Management and the EIA-649 Standard During the COVID-19 Emergency

June, 2020
In the latest CMsights post we share a guest-authored article from Joseph Norton which illustrates the role of configuration management and CM standards like EIA-649 during a supply chain emergency such as that precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Joe is a current member and past officer of the SAE G-33... Read More

Configuration Management Assessment

April, 2020
A frequent question we hear from aerospace and defense industry executives is how can they perform an assessment of the performance of their organizations, programs, and products with regard to the practice of Configuration Management. CMstat has learned over our several decades that the underlying concern of managers, which triggers... Read More

PLM or PDM or CM ?

February, 2020
We are often asked by Aerospace & Defense Project Managers why they can’t use engineering Product Data Management (PDM) software or enterprise Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems to satisfy all of their program's requirements for full-lifecycle Configuration Management. We originally addressed this topic in a 3-part series of CMsights articles... Read More

Configuration Management Audits Part 1

December, 2019
A customer recently shared with us that a new-hire fresh out of engineering school asked, “Why do A&D programs need to perform so many reviews and audits; aren’t they obsolete or redundant in a world of continuous integration, AGILE development, model-based systems engineering, virtual prototyping, and digital twins?” The answer... Read More

A Configuration Management Guide for A&D Project Managers

October, 2019

It is no secret that levels of technical complexity and financial risk have rapidly grown within nearly every function of a modern-day aerospace and defense (A&D) contractor’s program. Today’s A&D project managers are experiencing a crushing density of complexity due to a confluence of business drivers and technology trends. As…

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Digital Twins for As-Maintained Configuration Management Part 1

July, 2019
In this month’s CMsights we asked Configuration Management practitioner, standards influencer, trainer, and author Kim Robertson to help us distill all the hype about digital twins and digital threads so we can understand their impact on as-maintained configuration management for long-life aerospace & defense equipment. Kim Robertson has over 39... Read More

Ten Configuration Management Truths

June, 2019
Learn more about these “Ten Configuration Management Truths for Aerospace Project Managers”... Configuration Management is the foundation for Quality Management at the product, project and program levels. CM is everyone’s responsibility, not just relegated to the engineering group or the CM expert. CM is not about the product history, or... Read More

Configuration Management Plan Review

May, 2019
After the recent CMsights article on "What is a Configuration Management Plan" CMstat received several excellent questions about what should and should not go into a configuration management plan. Some readers were seeking help with developing a new CM plan from scratch, while others were attempting to perform a configuration... Read More

The Future of Configuration Management Software in PLM Platforms

March, 2019
In a recent CMsights post we looked back at the history of configuration management software to help understand the impact of PLM solutions when delivered as an open platform of interoperating applications. That is, instead of a single mammoth enterprise solution from a sole provider that attempts to perform every... Read More

Configuration Management Standard EIA-649 Rev. C

February, 2019
CMstat extends our congratulations to the SAE EIA-649 Configuration Management Standards G-33 Committee chaired by Larry Gurule on the Feb. 7 release of the very important Revision C. This consensus standard for configuration management was revised by a respected international team that brought together representatives from major domestic and foreign... Read More
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