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If you want to have the latest and best CM and PLM system information plus the "best CM practices" methodology available and currently in use by individuals, businesses, military organisations, and government agencies worldwide, then this is your source!

 

Configuration Management Books

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"Practical CM III" and "Transparent CM" are the CM and business communities' recognized guides for the establishment of "best CM practices". They include all of the "how-to" information for the evaluation, integration and implementation of the right PLM system necessary to automate the "best CM practices" for your unique busines environment. "Practical CM III" includes“Lessons Learned” during the implementation and integration of the first major PLM system in the US at Lockheed Martin.

Achieve your business CONTROL - COMPLIANCE - COST goals:

Get control of your operating costs

Understand the Configuration Management discipline

Learn Basic and Advanced Configuration Management processes

Establish 'Best Configuration Management Practices' in your organization

Generate Configuration Management Plans for your product line(s) and for your organization

Establish Configuration Management processes that comply with CMMi & ITIL guidelines & initiatives

Select and implement the right Configuration Management Tool or PLM system to automate your 'Best CM Practices'

Establish & maintain control of your engineering hardware & software development activities

Improve Communications - internal organizations, subcontractors, vendors, customers

Gain insight into the current activities of the international CM community

Understand how to employ the latest risk mitigation techniques

Enhance process control and productivity

 

The Raven Publishing Company is pleased to offer the third and most comprehensive book of the Configuration Management Trilogy:

 

'Practical CM III: Best Configuration Management Practices for the 21st Century'

David D. Lyon

One of the most widely recognized and trusted names in Configuration Management

Practical CM III (PCM III) is currently being used as the designated text for college level courses on Configuration Management in the US and Europe.

 

     PCM III covers Hardware CM,  Software CM  and  PLM    It contains the latest PLM Solutions for the 21st Century.

 

        Second Edition (March 2008) - Updated for 2014

        This book includes CM Templates CD - Available only on this site

        ISBN: 978-0-9661248-8-0    (paperback) - 7" X 10", 305 pages, 1.5 lb, $65.00

Sale Price: $32.50

        ISBN: 978-0-9817445-0-6     (hard cover) - 7" X 10", 305 pages, 1.6 lbs, $75.00

S&H is $6.00 per book for customers in North America. Contact Raven Publishing Company*for International S&H charges. 


Author's note: I believe that you will find PCM III to be a valuable guide for basic and advanced Configuration Management instruction. It includes several new topics and tips that will help you do your job better and establish 'best Configuration Management practices' in your organization - Dave Lyon

If you invest in only one book on the subject of Configuration Management this year, this is your best value.


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Introducing an entirely new dimension in state of the art technology and methodology for the Configuration Management discipline - an exciting new book for the Configuration Management Professional:

 

The second book of the Configuration Management trilogy:

'Transparent CM: How to Get There'

Contains the latest PDM and PLM Solutions for the 21st Century

by David D. Lyon

The much anticipated sequel to 'Practical CM' -  the Configuration Management community's favorite guide to 'Best CM Practices for the 21st Century"

        Third Edition - ISBN: 9781450563932

        Published January, 2010   Updated for 2014

        ISBN: 978-1-4505639-3-2 Paperback - 7" X 10", 222 pages, 1.5 lb, $55.00

Sale Price: $27.50

S&H is $6.00 per book for customers in North America. Contact Raven Publishing Company* for International S&H charges.


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Configuration Management Training Courses and Seminars

 

Basic and Advanced Configuration Management Training Courses and Seminars (plus Configuration Management refresher courses) for both your Configuration Management personnel and your Management staff

For presentation ON-SITE AT YOUR FACILITY by Dave Lyon anywhere in the U.S. and Canada plus some countries in Europe

These configuration management training courses and seminars are tailored to your specific business activities

Save over 50% compared to 'public' CM training courses and seminars

Among Mr. Lyon's clients: Pentagon, Military bases (US/Europe), Business and Industry (US/Canada/Europe), Colleges (US/Europe), Government agencies (US)

 

Comment from a customer seminar coordinator:  I am very pleased to comunicate to you that all the attendees to your seminar are very happy and they have told me that it was very helpful. - Director of Training - Navantia shipyard, Ferrol, Spain.

Contact the Raven Publishing Company* for detailed training course and seminar abstracts, availability and pricing.

Configuration Management Consulting Services

ON-SITE survey and recommendations presentation by Dave Lyon at your facility anywhere in the U.S. and Canada

For additional information, contact the Raven Publishing Company*

 

For additional information on Configuration Management Books, Seminars and Consulting Services, please contact Dave Lyon at the Raven Publishing company.*        

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Transparent CM

 

Table of Contents

 

Introduction

1. Configuration Management - The Discipline 

 

Definition of Configuration Management

 

CM Discipline Evolution   

 

CM Role in Today's Business Environment

 

CM Impact on Product Life Cycle

 

Changing CM Roles and Responsibilities

 

Four State Level of Control System Model and 'Best CM Practices'

 

What is Transparent CM?

 

How Do We Get There?

2. Transition From Current CM Practices to ‘Best CM Practices’

 

CM/PDM Control Center

 

Current CM Practice Identification 

   "Storyboard" Workshop

 

‘Best CM Practices’ Identification

 

CM Process Flowcharts

 

‘Best CM Practices’ Summary

3. PDM System Requirements Analysis

 

PLM System Requirements Traceability Matrix

4. PLM System Requirements Specification

 

Project Schedule

 

Project Team

 

Project Engineer

 

Project Team Members

 

Data Model

 

Attribute Listings

 

Environments

 

PLM Implementation Strategy

 

PLM Implementation and Integration

 

     Phase 1

 

            Digital Design File Checkin/Checkout

 

     Phase 2

 

            Document View

 

            Document Markup

 

            Document Raster Edit

 

            Document Distribution

 

            Backfile Conversion

 

            On-Line CCBs

 

     Phase 3

 

            Integrate Hardware Design Tools

 

            Institutionalize Work In Progress

 

            Integrate Strategic Business Systems

 

            Integrate Office Tools

 

            As-Built Process

 

    Phase 4

 

            Integrate Software Design Tools

 

Verification of Functionality

 

Acceptance Test

 

Program Integration

 

Maintenance

 

Support

 

Documentation

 

Training

 

Resources

 

User/Data Security

 

Networks - IT Roles and Responsibilities

 

E-Commerce Functionality

 

Statement of Work

 

PLM System Administration

 

PLM Functionality Requirements Checklist

 

PLM System Requirements Traceability Matrix

5. PLM Tool & Vendor Evaluation & Selection Process Planning

 

Market Analysis

 

PLM Tool and Vendor Evaluation

 

Vendor Demonstration

 

Hands-on Evaluation

 

Third Party Tools

 

Tool Customization and Integration Houses

 

Consultants

 

PLM Tool/Support Procurement

 

Phased Procurements

 

Licensing Provisions

 

Types of Licenses

 

Licensing Costs

 

Long Term Support

6. Automated CM

 

Four State Level of Control System Model

 

Design Review #1

 

Designer State

 

Design Review #2

 

Design Internal State

 

Design Review #3

 

Formal Internal State

 

Design Review #4

 

External State

7. Transparent CM

 

Four State Level of Control System Model

 

Design Review #1

 

Designer State

 

Design Review #2

 

Design Internal State

 

Design Review #3

 

Formal Internal State

 

Design Review #4

 

External State

8. People in the Process

 

Communication

 

Attitudes - How to Change

 

Matching CM Needs to Organization Needs & Business Objectives

 

Overcoming Manual CM Process Mindset

 

Relationship Between Configuration Management and Project Management

 

Appendix A - CM Template Set

Tailoring and Planning Template

Configuration Identification Template

Configuration Control Template

Configuration Status Accounting Template

Configuration Audits Template

Transition to Production Template

Production and Support Template

Software and Firmware Template

Problems and Resolutions Template

Automatd CM Template

 

Appendix B: Best CM Practices

 

Impact of Military Standards on CM

 

Configuration Management Requirements Tailoring and Negotiation

 

Configuration Management Program Planning

 

Configuration Management Plans

 

Configuration Identification

 

    * Configuration Baselines

 

    * Configuration Items

 

    * Serialization

 

    * Part Marking

 

    * Documentation Levels

 

    * Technical Data Package

 

Configuration Control

 

    * Configuration Control Boards

 

    * Problem Identification and Resolution

 

    * Change Proposals

 

    * Change Approval

 

    * Design Update

 

    * Change Implementation

 

Configuration Status Accounting

 

    * Data Capture

 

    * Data Processing

 

    * Data Reporting

 

Configuration Audits

 

    * Functional Configuration Audits

 

    * Physical Configuration Audits

 

    * Configuration Verification Audits

 

Configuration Control of Software and Firmware

 

CM Metrics

 

CM Practitioner Certification


Appendix C: The CM Plan

 

Roadmap

 

Generic CMP vs Program-Unique CMP

 

CM Plans vs CM Procedures

 

CMP Template

 

CMP Length

 

CM Requirements Tailoring and Planning

 

Communication With Engineering

 

Obtaining "Buy-In"

 

Roles and Responsibilities

 

Checklists and Templates

 

Military Standards and Commercial Standards

 

Risk Management

 

Configuration Control Boards

 

    *Internal CCBs

 

    *External CCBs

 

CM Processes

 

Automated CM