Change Process

Understanding the Impact of Changes

Imagine a world in which we do not have air traffic control, we do not have flight plans or track the progress against these flight plans, but we do have all the flights we have pre-covid19 and we only have line of sight. Every 45 seconds, a plane arrives or departs at any given major airport. How would you prevent catastrophic plane crashes in such a world? Probably flying would… Read More »Understanding the Impact of Changes

Next Disruption Please…

This blog post is based on the presentation that I gave during the CIMdata PLM Roadmap PDT Fall 2021.  Are you implementing Model-Based Initiatives and wonder how this will impact your company from an end-to-end perspective? And how will these initiatives impact configuration Management? Let’s look at the disruptions Configuration Management has faced and will face, focusing on Model-Based Initiatives.  Where, from a Configuration Management perspective, a digital file still in many… Read More »Next Disruption Please…

Ignorance is Bliss! (till it isn’t)

This post is based on the IpX ConX19 Keynote that I gave together with Martin Haket, remember when we could still do in-person conferences? And it is the prequel to the posts We need a cross-platform interface for impact analysis! and CM2: the cross-platform standard for impact analysis! Thanks to Max Gravel from IpX who was so kind to let me use his images. James Newman triggered me with his comment on my post ‘Would… Read More »Ignorance is Bliss! (till it isn’t)

HELP!!! Parts, Documents, Data & Revisions

Already some time ago (early 2020) the article Has FFF Killed? from Yoann Maingon has generated a lot of discussion, already 100+ comments and counting. It is clear there is a lot of opinions about how to deal with changes to parts, whether parts have revisions or not, and how PLM tools should deal with this. So what better way to start they new year, with a blog post on… Read More »HELP!!! Parts, Documents, Data & Revisions

Configuration Management for Startups

During my interview with Jennifer Moore from Minerva, Jennifer suggested that it would be interesting to read a post on Configuration Management for Startups.  I thought that was an excellent idea, so here it is.  For most startups configuration management might not be the first thing on their mind, or even the second or third…. But whether consciously aware about it or not, most if not all startups are dealing with configuration management. This post… Read More »Configuration Management for Startups

Why CM2 for Faster Change and Better Documentation: an interview by Jennifer Moore for Minerva PLM TV

Jennifer Moore from Minerva PLM TV interviewed me recently. We talked about Enterprise Configuration management, CM2, more vs less changes, change faster and document better, the challenges of CM, how to get your CM journey started and more. For me the CM journey started when I was still working at Philips with the book CMII for Business Process Infrastructure by Vincent C. Guess. This book was the reason to invite… Read More »Why CM2 for Faster Change and Better Documentation: an interview by Jennifer Moore for Minerva PLM TV

Applying AI/ML to Configuration Management

Aras CTO Rob McAveney presented the Aras Vision on Wednesday 11 November 2020 at the Aras Digital 2020 – Europe virtual event. During the Q&A he explained that AI/ML (artificial intelligence and machine learning) would change the way we do Impact Analysis. We either had the same ideas or Aras really listens when good ideas are shared.  A little over a year ago I created the picture in the header as part of… Read More »Applying AI/ML to Configuration Management

Where does the deliverable begin and where does it end?

Planning of changes in a Model Based Enterprise. Let me first say that I do see the benefits of the Model Based Enterprise (MBE) and that modeling information is also very valuable from a CM perspective. Think of improved impact analysis capabilities to support the expert domain specific and cross expert domain impact analysis as shown in the picture below. (See also the following posts: We need a cross-platform interface for impact analysis! and CM2:… Read More »Where does the deliverable begin and where does it end?

More is more

More is More: Make every Change count!

Joe Barkai (make sure you regularly check his blog for some insightful articles) published the article “How Many ECOs are Preventable?” where he states: Fundamentally, ECOs reflect errors in requirements definition, design or manufacturing. They represent waste in the product development process. ECOs are disruptive and resource intensive, and mature organizations should make an effort to minimize the frequency and impact of ECOs. In this context ECOs are defined as:… Read More »More is More: Make every Change count!

CM2: the cross-platform standard for impact analysis!

CM2 the cross-platform standard for impact analysis! Almost a week ago Jos Voskuil published a post on LinkedIn and virtualdutchman.com (A cross-platform interface standard for impact analysis?) as a response an article of me and Martin Haket (We need a cross-platform interface for impact analysis! Naturally I have to respond with another article as LinkedIn have a very limited way of giving feedback. CM2 (Enterprise CM) First some background on CM2. CM2 provides the operating… Read More »CM2: the cross-platform standard for impact analysis!