Standards and guidelines affecting PLM
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The U.S. Government (and related entities, such as NATO) has been a significant force in the development of configuration management (CM), but the standards developed for government contracts have traditionally been complex, and demanded significantly more paperwork than most commercial companies found reasonable.
The U.S. Government has migrated to industry-sponsored standards, and many of the documents shown have been canceled. However, assuming you can obtain them, they can still offer excellent insight for designing your own PLM process.
Regulatory (e.g., the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) and certification (e.g., ISO) agencies have had a substantial influence on the evolution of design practices. If you are in a regulated industry, you should contact the organizations which affect your processes for their most recent requirements.
Industry standards are generally not as prescriptive as the government standards that they replace. Instead, they are performance-based and look for a particular outcome, leaving the individual company to decide how best to accomplish the stated objectives.