Over the past few weeks I have covered my top seven characteristics of successful enterprise PLM programs. These critical success factors are a result of my observations of multiple large-scale PLM programs at a number of global organizations earlier this summer.
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.
Over the past month and a half I have visited with six organizations that are currently implementing product lifecycle management software (PLM). While they are in different industries with different motivations and are implementing solutions from different software providers, all of them are large, global firms with distributed product development and engineering functions.