PLM Best Practices (January 19, 2012)17 Jan, 2012 By: Cadalyst Staff
Let Your Engineers Engineer
When companies use PDM and PLM systems to manage review processes, engineering staff is freed to focus on product design.
By Chad Jackson
Recognize that? It's the sound of yet another request, form, or other project-management task hitting your desk. Managing an engineering organization today is an unrelenting job. Every project is understaffed. Every day brings a new fire drill. Every product is getting more complex. You and your team end up working nights and weekends to stay on schedule. Now maybe you don't mind long hours. Heck, everyone's working hard nowadays. But you have to admit, there's one part of this reality that is frustratingly ironic: Most of your time isn't spent on engineering work.
It's not exploring options, performing calculations, or even validating designs. Most of your team's time is spent tracking down the shop floor guy to get his feedback. It's showing the folks from procurement that a specific part is required. It's proving to the people in the service organization that yes, in fact, that maintenance procedure does work. Is this why you went into engineering?Read more »
Chad Jackson is an industry analyst with Lifecycle Insights and the publisher of the blog engineering-matters.com. He writes about all things engineering including career issues, managerial challenges, and enabling technology. Follow him on Twitter at @chadkjackson.
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