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

(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

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

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

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

Ten Missteps to Avoid in Getting Others to Care about CM

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 Care About Contract Deliverables Data Management?

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

Configuration Management: The Top 10 Requirements of CM for the Supply Chain

In CMstat’s recent whitepaper on “Nimble Configuration Management for the Contract Supply & Service Chain” we shared the top CM requirements for hardware configuration management heard most often over our twenty-plus years of supporting customers in the A&D industry.  They are: Intuitive and easily mastered in everyday use by the... Read More