This three-volume fourth edition updates and adds to the successful previous editions and gives the reader a thorough description of PLM, providing them with a full understanding of the theory and the practical skills to implement PLM within their own business environment. The latest version of Volume 1 reflects the many technological and management advances made in PLM since the release of the previous editions. Describing the environment in which products are developed, manufactured and supported, before addressing the Five Pillars of PLM: business processes, product data, PLM applications, Organisational Change Management (OCM) and Project Management, this book explains what Product Lifecycle Management is, and why it's needed. The final part of Volume 1 addresses the PLM timeline, showing the typical steps and activities of a PLM project or initiative. The second volume provides insights into the emergence of PLM and the opportunities it offers, key concepts such as the PLM Grid and the PLM Paradigm are introduced along with the main components of PLM and the associated characteristics, issues and approaches. It details the 10 components of PLM: objectives and metrics; management and organisation; business processes; people; product data; PDM systems; other PLM applications; facilities and equipment; methods; and products. It provides examples and best practices. This volume concludes with instructions to help readers implement and use PLM successfully, including outlining the phases of a PLM Initiative: development of PLM vision and strategy; documentation of the current situation; description of future scenarios; development of implementation strategies and plans; implementation and use. The main activities, tasks, methods, timing and tools of the different phases are also described. The set now includes a third volume, an executive summary that book provides the executive reader with a thorough explanation of PLM, and the required knowledge to lead or participate in a PLM Initiative.
Product Lifecycle Management will broaden the reader's understanding of PLM, nurturing the skills needed to implement PLM successfully and to achieve world-class product performance across the lifecycle.
John Stark started working in product development in 1979. In the 1980s he worked in computer aided design, product data management, and business process improvement. He has worked as a consultant to companies in the product development and support area since the mid-1980s; first for Coopers & Lybrand, then as an independent consultant.