Engineering Change Control

If you are a manufacturer, your ECR/ECO process is the most expensive process in your company. Many studies have proven this to be true.  I was at a customer site that hired one of the ‘big 5’ consulting firms to come in and discover their most expensive process.  Their conclusion – it was the engineering…

Process Modeling

From a BPM.com posting… Modeling means that they would identify, define and make a representation of the complete process to support communication about the process. I prefer to call it – documenting the process.  In order to improve a process, you need to understand the ‘as is’ state. Documenting the process isn’t just about identifying…

BPM is not a product

From a BPM.com posting… Most BPM products designed to support BPM also include a lot of other capabilities beyond just those the BPM practitioner requires.  They generally include a lot of application development and data integration capability. –  Business Process Management [BPM] BPM is a discipline – it is something that you do.  BPM is…

Culture Change & PLM

Those of us that have implemented a PLM [product lifecycle management] solution realize how important it is to manage culture change. A PLM implementation can impact your user community in 2 ways. –  Users must learn to use new software –  PLM may change how users work This is where a strong ‘champion’ comes into…

BPM Thoughts…

From a BPM.com posting… BPM is something that you do, not a thing you own or buy. BPM is about improving processes.  It presumes the idea that you view business as a set of processes and BPM is the act of improving those processes. For years, I have contended that businesses are a collection of…

Reasons PLM Implementations Fail

CimData published a list of the top 10 reasons PLM Implementations fail.  I will address a few of these that I have had to deal with. Trying to do too much at once [scope creep] Scope creep can kill any project.  It is often difficult to get projects like these funded.  When scope creep occurs,…

Process vs Data

Which came first? The chicken or the egg?  The process or the data? Peter Schooff’s of BPM.com posed a question ‘process first, then data?’ Someone suggested that you sort out all of your data first and then figure out what processes you can support. I contend that all data is created within or as a…