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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.


These deliverables will be generated with the assistance and feedback of Correspondents and Associates - PLM practitioners who want the benefits of more professionalism, and a framework with which to improve.

In return for their support and direction-setting, they receive useful tools and material that help them with their PLM.  The Timeframe for these deliverables is structured in three phases as below.


Professional PLM - Deliverables and Timing



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.  Also in Phase 2 the Steering Group should form in order to provide high-level guidance and decision-making.



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 starts to lead the Initiative, advising on the detailed issues and setting in motion the actions that will lead to the new Professional Body for PLM.

The list of deliverables is expanded in more detail below.


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 Workshops for in-depth debate and the formation of the Steering Group.

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

Steering Group meets and sets the parameters of its remit for the Initiative.



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.
Take part in the face-to-face Workshops that will hammer out the details of the Professional PLM structure and content.
Steering Group
With other PLM industry leaders, be part of the high-level Steering Group that will provide guidance and direction to the Initiative.

The Correspondence and Associate packages are available now.  They provide all of the material above, together with the opportunity to shape it for the future.

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 2018.

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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