Enterprise PLM programs are complex undertakings that require strong program management disciplines to control. Sometimes my advice to go fast and be “agile-like” in development is interpreted as not requiring the overhead of program management. On the contrary, strong program management enables both speed and simplicity.
Most organizations are well on the road to recovery from the depths of the financial crisis a few years back. Budgets are loosening up and executives are once again willing to invest to achieve growth from innovation. This willingness to spend has not, however, been matched by a willingness to hire. The painful exercise of downsizing has left executives wary of adding fixed capacity to their organizations.