Enabling complex PLM deployment to deliver end-to-end business benefits.
Product Lifecycle Management implementation involves extensive changes to organisational practices. So, it’s important that you assess your organisational PLM maturity and plan deployment accordingly.
The following five steps are essential to the delivery and lasting, successful adoption of your PLM platform.
Gaining support from key areas within your organisation
PLM is capable of benefiting every area of your organisation. So, it’s crucial that everyone is backing the delivery from the outset.
Stakeholder mapping helps to identify influencers, supporters and the varying levels of interest and power within the organisation. Each of these areas should understand the advantageous changes that PLM will bring to their area.
A clear strategy and timeline are linchpins to PLM success
Putting the best plan together to implement your PLM platform can become a complex exercise in itself. In-depth stakeholder analysis of current business pain points can be the initial make or break point for most PLM implementations.
The rollout of your PLM platform should be considered as a business process initiative rather than a simple software upgrade. You’ll need to build a well-aligned, strategic plan across multiple disciplines of your business.
So, take time to define your implementation roadmap with delivery phases across each business area. Build on this framework with high-level milestones which define the status of each delivery phase.
From here you’ll begin to see the details in your pain points being addressed. Specify trackable activities for each area of your organisational PLM maturity and use these to define your critical paths.
Open channels for constructive dialogue keep projects on course
A robust communication strategy is required for any business transformation. This will encourage cultural change during the implementation of new processes and future-proof departmental development.
You’ll need to define and promote a consistent message that links diverse activities and goals in a way that appeals to each specific stakeholder:
Understanding drawbacks and adapting practices to move forward
It’s important to obtain internal and external feedback, to maintain confidence and ensure programme alignment. These might be in the form of:
Remaining flexible is key while developing future strategies
Consistent, systematic and continuous management of risks and issues is critical for the successful delivery of any PLM initiatives, given the many inter-dependencies, which may involve stakeholders across multi-functional boundaries.
Risk and issues should be managed centrally and follow clear monitoring and escalation processes. with mitigation and resolution plans in place to deliver deployment activities and organisational changes.
Organisational and cultural changes are the first potential barriers to your PLM business transformation. As such, your PLM implementation road map should represent an ideal scenario that is flexible enough that all stakeholders are enabled to work through the delivery in an iterative way.