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Configuration Management Books, Training Courses, Seminars, and Consulting Services, by David Douglas Lyon, the international CM community's leading authority

  • Configuration Management "Best Practices" - How to get there
  • Hardware and Software Configuration Management systems
  • Hardware and Software Configuration Management plans
  • PDM/PLM systems automation for your 'Best CM Practices'
  • Configuration Management databases
  • Configuration Management tools
  • ITIL/CMMi compliant CM processes

These books contain the latest and best CM and PDM/PLM system information plus the "best CM practices" methodologies available and currently in use by individuals, businesses, military organizations, and government agencies worldwide.

Books shipped within 24 hours if purchased from this site. Return books within 30 days for a full refund  if not entirely satisfied

"Practical CM III" and "Transparent CM" are the CM and business communities' recognized guides for the establishment of "best CM practices". They include "how-to" information for the evaluation, integration and implementation of the right PDM/PLM system necessary to automate the "best CM practices" for your unique business environment. "Practical CM III" Includes 'Lessons Learned' during the implementation and integration of the first major PLM sysyem in the US at Lockheed Martin.

'Practical CM III: Best Configuration Management  Practices for the 21st Century' - Practical CM III (PCM III) is currently being used as the designated text for college level   courses on Hardware and Software Configuration Management in the US and Europe.

PCM III covers Hardware and Software basic and advanced Configuration Management processes and describes detailed steps for the selection, installation, and integration of PDM/PLM systems. It provides "best CM practices" for the 21st Century.

Author's note: I believe that you will find PCM III to be a valuable guide for basic and advanced Hardware and Software Configuration Management instruction. It includes several new topics and tips that will help you do your  CM job better and establish 'best Configuration Management practices' in your organization

PLM-Centric Approach

Mike Tarrani - Amazon.com Reviews

This is Lyon's third book on Configuration Management and an extension of his Practical CM (ISBN 0966124820). The key difference between the two books is this one is more focused on engineering development and reflects more of the author's ideas. The first book was more influenced by MIL-STD-973 and the related EIA standard 649. This one does not conflict with those standards, but does take a more real world approach, with a distinct focus on product management. In fact, there is more similarity between this book and Lyon's "Transparent Configuration Management (ISBN 0966124804), especially in the detailed documentation of best practices versus current industry practices and the in-depth treatment given to each stage of Configuration Management.

It is in the detailed descriptions of the phases, and how they relate to product development, that makes this book an especially valuable resource to anyone working in the PLM environment. Each phase - identification, control, status accounting and auditing - are covered widely and deeply, with best practices associated with each clearly identified and explained. Different scenarios add depth to this aspect of the book.

Two areas covered, transition to production and support, are unique to most Configuration Management books that either gloss them over, or focus on, for example field changes and product configuration, but do not devote as much coverage to these areas as they merit in the real world. The coverage of software and firmware was a bit light in my opinion, especially since most products have one or both as integral parts, but there are a wealth of other books that cover those topics. It is interesting to note that this book's processes do align to SEI's CMMI process areas for configuration management.

Some of this material is carried over from the other two books, and there is definite overlap between the Transparent CM coverage here and his book devoted to that subject. It does serve as a nice binding and segue between this book and the one on Transparent CM.

Like Lyon's other books, this one is a definitive text on Configuration Management and an important addition to the body of knowledge.


This book includes a CM Templates CD whch contains all  templates needed to start-up, up-grade, and maintain an effective, value-added CM environment. 

 This CD is available only on this site

ISBN 978-0-9661248-8-0  (paperback) - 7" X 10", 305 pages, 1.5 lb $65.00

S&H is $6.00 per book for customers in North America. Contact the Raven Publishing Company* for International S&H charges


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'Transparent CM' - The much anticipated sequel to 'Practical CM' (the Configuration Management community's favorite guide to 'Best CM Practices for the 21st Century") - 'Transparent CM' captures the interactive workshop phase of Mr. Lyon's seminars and describes a step-by-step process for transforming your current Configuration Management activities into ‘best Configuration Management practices’ tailored specifically for your business environment.

See first hand how Mr. Lyon utilizes your newly established ‘best Configuration Management practices’ as the basis for conducting a Product Lifecycle Management/Product Data Management (PLM/PDM) System Requirements Analysis and for generating a customized PLM/PDM System Requirements Specification.

Learn about the role your PLM/PDM System Requirements Specification plays in the evaluation and selection of the most appropriate Configuration Management tool to satisfy your business’ unique Configuration Management process requirements.
Follow the step-by-step methodology presented in this revealing text and be assured that you will attain your goal of establishing the most efficient and effective automated Configuration Management system for your specific business environment and not become a slave to the wrong Configuration Management tool.

Third Edition - ISBN: 978-1-4505639-3-2 Paperback - 7" X 10", 222 Pages, 1.5 lb, $55.00

S&H is $6.00 per book for customers in North America. Contact the Raven Publishing Company* for International S&H charges

Configuration management Training & seminars

Basic and Advanced Hardware and Software Configuration Management Training Courses and Seminars (plus Configuration Management refresher courses) for both your Configuration Management personnel and your Management staff

For presentation ON-SITE AT YOUR FACILITY by Dave Lyon anywhere in the U.S. and Canada plus some countries in Europe

These configuration management training courses and seminars are tailored to your specific business activities

Save over 50% compared to 'public' CM training courses and seminars

Among Mr. Lyon's clients: Pentagon, Military bases (US/Europe), Business and Industry (US/Canada/Europe), Colleges (US/Europe), Government agencies (US)

Comment from a customer seminar coordinator:  "I am very pleased to comunicate to you that all the attendees to your seminar are very happy and they have told me that it was very helpful." - Director of Training - Navantia shipyard, Ferrol, Spain.

Contact the Raven Publishing Company* for detailed training course and seminar abstracts, availability and pricing.

Hardware and Software Configuration Management consulting services    


ON-SITE survey and recommendations presentation by Dave Lyon at your facility anywhere in the U.S. and Canada

For additional information on Configuration Management Books, Seminars and Consulting Services, please contact Dave Lyon at the Raven Publishing company.*      

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