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PLM Self-Assessment Toolkit


The PLM Self-Assessment Toolkit deals with one of the most basic and yet most difficult problems facing those working in PLM - "How do we understand and discuss our own PLM situation?"


New Adopters


For those who are starting out on the road to PLM, there sometimes seems to be too much information. There is so much to read, and so much advice, and yet none of it actually relates directly to your company.

You need something that describes your own situation, in your own context, with your own colleagues' names on it.  And you want to have a clearer understanding of PLM before deciding whether to go for outside assistance.


Old Hands


Experienced PLM managers in multinational organisations have the opposite problem. After months or perhaps years of using external advisors on major projects, how can you step back and do an internal cross-check to see how things are going?


What Is It, and What Does It Do?


The PLM Self-Assessment Toolkit is a straightforward instruction book that enables you to carry out the same kind of independent review that you would expect from an external appraisal.  Carrying out the assessment yourself saves money, directs you quickly to the problem areas, and ultimately uncovers more detail that is specific to your company.


PLM Self-Assessment Toolkit

The Self-Assessment follows the thought processes of PLM and leads you to discover, or cross-check, what your current position is in these areas.


It points you towards the people in your organisation who should be involved in PLM, and gives you material with which to hold a productive discussion with them.


The straightforward structure builds the points raised in the discussions into a formal agenda to present to stakeholders.




There are no detailed spreadsheets with lots of numbers intended to produces a numerical rating your PLM status.  You are not aiming for a "magic quadrant" score of 'A' or 'C–'. However, you are aiming to proceed beyond the Pass/Fail checklists at the end of each step, and this is where you may learn some of the most important issues affecting your implementation.

See the Table of Contents >>>


How Do I Use It?


You can't do a Self-Assessment by filling in all of the answers yourself.  If you want to have a meaningful picture of your PLM status then you (or you and your PLM team) will have to go out and talk to people about the issues that the Self-Assessment covers.

It is preferable to do the Assessment with your own in-house resources.  If you pass the job over to an outside consultant, you will not get the same results.

You can be completely honest about what you find, because no-one outside your company will ever see the information (unless you choose to show them).  Results are generated in a format that can be used for discussion in any part of your organisation, and one of the main goals of the Self-Assessment is to enable these discussions to take place.

When you have held these discussions, you will be in a much better position to decide whether the use of outside resources should begin or continue.


How Do I Get One?


The PLM Self-Assessment Toolkit is free to PLMIG Members, so you will receive a copy if you join with any class of Membership.

Alternatively, you may buy it from the Store.

For more information about Self-Assessment, or to purchase the Toolkit, contact

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