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Configuration Management Audits Part 1

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

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

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)

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

Why not use PDM for all CM requirements? Part 2

 (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

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

In our last CMsights post we listed the “Top Ten Requirements” of configuration management software (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,…

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