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Mike Tarrani -
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 PLC 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.
Craig Senior -
Implementing a Product
Lifecycle Management (PLM) system is a foray into complexity for which most organisations
and people are unprepared. Throwing the latest feature-rich technical fad at old business
problems with glassy-eyed, optimistic zeal, later blaming any failure on
circumstances beyond our control, and moving laterally into the next project
assignment is slowly losing its appeal. Even information technology practitioners are
catching on to the woes of their ways, but youd be hard pressed to get one to admit
some great lessons, of which these are but a few:
1) There is a DNA-like,
intertwined relationship between quality and Configuration
2) The shortest route to
implement a complex system is to do it right the first time. The only short cut is to take
no short cuts.
3) Automating Configuration
Management and making
it more transparent is becoming a competitive advantage like 'supply chain management' and
'just in time'.
4) Aim to make the process
steps transparent and efficient for users; they do the right things right using the
fastest, easiest method and might not know it.
Management is the
essential guide to implementing a PLM system. It presents a practical process, a
methodology for implementation, supplemented by checklists and templates. It sets the
readers foundation with the common, traditional definitions of configuration
management (CM). It takes us on a brief, often entertaining stroll through the history of Configuration
Management. Then it
asks you to ask yourself what you really need to do with this thing. What are your
requirements for a PDM system? What information must you capture, manage, and use? Who
authorizes product changes and how are those changes documented, communicated, and
controlled? Much of this data is required regardless of whether you use a PDM system or
what PDM system you choose.
After that you are guided
through PLM-specific functions to analyze the degree to which the PDM system satisfies
your requirements, off-the shelf. It guides you through PDM system evaluation, using
extensive checklists that you can readily apply. Finally, it brings you through
implementation and integration with other subsystems. Obviously, the book could not
consider all the technical issues of every reader, but the principals are firmly in place.
Very useful was the PDM Project Schedule that you could transcribe as the basis for your
guidance for overcoming resistance to PDM and Configuration
Management in general.
It presents Configuration
practices geared towards Dept of Defence contracting, but you can easily read through this
and apply the material to any organization.
Management is the
essential guide for anyone considering a PLM implementation, any Configuration
practitioner, quality practitioner, or anyone involved in managing design and manufacture.
David Lyon clearly demonstrates that hes been there and hes packed a lifetime
of experience into this very important book.
Mike Tarrani - Amazon.com
Mr. Lyon's earlier book,
"Practical CM" (ISBN 0966124820) is the foundation of this work, which extends
the approach - in the author's own words - to '[Presenting] unique methodology for a
successful evolution from today's CM practices to best CM practices, then on to the
implementation of a truly automated CM system in order to reach the ultimate goal of
This book accomplishes that goal
in every respect. After a chapter giving an overview of CM, the seeds of this approach are
planted in the chapter titled, "Transition From Current CM Practices to Best CM
A clear approach, based on the
product data management approach within the CM discipline, is given. Included
are a distilled list of best practices, and flow charts of the associated process.
Chapters 3 and 4 cover a proposed PLM system in great depth. The requirements
are outlined in sufficient detail to both gain a full understanding of the scope of the
system, as well as to layout a fairly high-level system diagram if you were to build such
a system in-house. Since building a system is probably not cost-effective for most
organizations, Chapter 5 extends the requirements by giving advice on how to evaluate
tools and vendors, and to select the best solution within constraints.
Chapters 6 and 7 describe the
evolution from automated CM to transparent CM, which is the focus of the book. These are
followed up with a final chapter that ties up loose ends by addressing the people
dimension. Appendices A (List of Best Practices) and B CM Plan outline are invaluable, as
are the documents on the accompanying CD ROM.
This is an
outstanding book for advanced CM practitioners, especially those who have read and liked
the author's earlier book, and/or those who are seeking to improve an existing, stable CM