PLM project objectives
Understand your project's strategic objectives. That is, answer the basic question: Why do you need a PLM solution?
|Your goal is to...
|PLM can help by...
|Measure PLM impact by...
|Increase product quality
|Ensuring affected users consistently review product changes; automatically notifying users about new & revised documentation; tracking that obsolete data is promptly removed from production areas; checking that as-built products match approved design and process documentation
|Monitoring change-related defects; periodically auditing production floor documentation; performing periodic audits of as-built product
|Manage increased product complexity
|Encouraging on-going collaboration and review of product design and process files; providing consistent structure to your bill of material management; enforcing product change review using defined workflow
|Categorizing reasons for changes (principally those related to failure to meet design requirements)
|Reduce product unit costs
|Encouraging part re-use by easier searches, and thereby increasing purchase volume
|Tracking reductions in new part numbers that are issued for each new product
|Reducing number of items designed through re-use; reducing design iterations via concurrent review; speeding the design release process though automated workflow and notifications
|Measuring average project development time; monitoring defect frequency immediately after new product launch
|Reduce change-related administrative overhead
|Eliminating manual change processing, and carrying physical change packages from one approver to the next; automating materials declarations for environmental compliance
|Demonstrating change in staff throughput, such as number of changes processed per unit time; eliminating manual processes such as copying, faxing, shipping, "walking changes through system"
|Reduce production rework and inventory scrap
|Speeding changes through the review and approval cycle; automatically calculating cost impact of changes based on item-by-item disposition expense
|Monitoring rework and scrap expenses; tracking total cost impact of changes
|Improve customer satisfaction and enhance loyalty
|Executing quickly, consistently and predictably
|Asking customers and sales staff for feedback
|Plug gaps in current business processes
|Encouraging business process designers and users to seek more efficient methods, and capture these methods in well-defined PLM attributes and workflow
|Assessing employee satisfaction; eliminating tedious activities
|Enhance cooperation with your supply chain partners
|Encouraging early review of requirements; exchanging design, procurement, production, and service information
|Tracking rework charges and non-recurring tooling and setup costs