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Professional PLM - Deliverables and Timing

Professional PLM - Deliverables and Timing


The Professional PLM Initiative will produce all of the documents, specifications and tools that are necessary to define the scope and activity of Professional PLM.


Everything to do with how to act professionally as a PLM practitioner must be defined and agreed.

There need to be metrics and certification that can demonstrate that professionalism is being applied; and these can then be developed to establish a global professional structure.


This will involve the participation of many PLM practitioners from many countries.  The Roadmap and
2019 Programme are shown below.


Professional PLM - Deliverables and Timing



The current Roadmap shows two strands of activity working in synergy.

On the industrial side, the Networking Day in September will launch the process of forming a Steering Group that will guide the Initiative throughout 2019.  In parallel with this, the Fraunhofer-led Consortium aims to form an Expert Committee that may be extended into an International PLM Panel of expert volunteers.



These new groups will support and direct the 2019 Programme, as described below.  At the end of 2019 there will be a pan-Initiative decision about how the new Professional Body can be set up in 2020.


Professional PLM - Deliverables and Timing


2019 Programme

The 2019 Programme is based around the dynamic creation, publishing and review of all of the material needed to construct the workings of a profession.  The PLMIG will be the driving force for this, supported by the Working Group and directed by the Steering Group.



In Phase 1 the primary documents and deliverables are released for the first time to Correspondents and Associates, who provide their input and feedback.

This sets up the platform for Phase 2, in which a short series of international Workshops are held so that PLM practitioners can hammer out the details in a constructive, neutral environment.

Phase 3 is where it all comes together.  All of the Phase 1 deliverables will have been fleshed out at the Workshops, and the Correspondents and Associates will add their feedback as they are finalised.  The Steering Group leads the Initiative throughout, advising on the detailed issues and setting in motion the actions that will lead to the new Professional Body for PLM.


Professional PLM - Deliverables and Timing


Sequence of Deliverables

Phase 1

During Phase 1 a steady stream of new documents and deliverables will be provided to Correspondents and Associates for their feedback and early use.  The sequence is likely to be:-


What is 'Professionalism', and what is a Profession? How to act professionally as a PLM practitioner. How to set professional standards for a PLM implementation.

Skill sets and experience levels for the main PLM practitioner roles. Comparison with existing levels. Remediation.

Definition of the core Body of Knowledge inherent in the various PLM practitioner roles.

Measurement of adoption and implementation Maturity. Professional requirements and standards for progress. Use of the Matrix to initiate improvement projects.

Metrics and KPIs to measure and confirm professional implementation. Demonstration of due diligence.

How to embed PLM into the company culture. Education of non-PLM colleagues to accept PLM, and understand PLM issues.

PLM Training curricula for the PLM Team. How to satisfy training requirements. Training for users, managers and non-PLM colleagues. Certification of internal staff. Qualification of external suppliers.

How to become a PLM practitioner. How to be effective. How to advance between PLM roles. How to move upwards to other fields.



Phase 2

Phase 2 sees the transition to a new level of detail and accuracy, with international, co-ordinated Workshops to review, enhance and refine the set of draft material.

Structured 3-day Workshops to develop the Professional PLM material from Phase 1 into full detail.



Phase 3

Phase 3 completes the process.  All of the deliverables, updated by the Workshops and by the Steering Group input, are released to the Correspondents and Associates who can provide the final feedback and adjustments.

Issue of the final-draft material, updated by the Workshop results, to Correspondents and Associates for further feedback.

Steering Group creates the terms of reference and working structure of the Professional Body.



Professional PLM - Navigation


Ways to Participate

There are 4 ways of participating in the Professional PLM Initiative, offering a range of levels of interaction.


Correspondence Package
Receive all of the deliverables as they are published.  Write back with suggestions for change or improvement, and correspond while these changes are enacted.
Receive the new material while it is still at the draft stage, and add input before it is first released.
Working Group
Actively support the new PLM profession by helping to produce the new material, adding direct input to the Initiative.
Steering Group
With other PLM industry leaders, be part of the high-level Steering Group that will provide guidance and direction to the Initiative.

PLM practitioners from any country in the world, in any kind of organisation, can apply the new material in their own implementations in a steady stream of releases and updates through to the end of 2019.

So far, PLM practitioners from over 30 countries have endorsed the Professional PLM Initiative.  If adoption of this new material is similarly widespread, it will shape the future of the PLM industry for years to come.

The sooner you participate, the sooner you can add your input to the deliverables.  You can find full details here, and if you would like more information you can contact Roger Tempest via .

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