Original thinking from our SMEs and curated ‘recommended reads’ from industry commentators

The home of QR_'s Industry Reflections column, the PLM Essentials series, and topically pertinent thoughts from across the QR_ business and wider industry.

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A founding principle of QR_ is to approach PDM from a people rather than systems centric worldview. With this in mind, we publish a series of Quality Reads aimed at offering up insight and real-world examples.

‘Industry Reflections' covers the key challenges faced by both start-ups and established manufacturers, as we navigate a world of increasingly disruptive technology.

'PLM Essentials' touches upon the aspects of PLM any business must get right to accelerate their complex engineering product development, including how to create processes and systems that will help your organisation deliver the innovation it requires to thrive in an ever more competitive marketplace.

'Recommended Reads' explores recently or frequently encountered questions and conundrums through a data lens, with insight on how to best address them.

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The universal language

“Communication works for those who work at it.” It’s easy to focus on engineering and variant complexity, but a lot of fog and friction within NPD programmes comes from communication complexity. Here QR_ founding director Rob Ferrone draws on orchestras and elephants to illustrate the fundamental but often overlooked importance of effective communication in the context of complex engineering programmes, offering four top criteria for getting it right. As is often the case, a lot comes down to focusing more on people than systems, and getting the right data in front of the right people at the right time.

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Industry Reflections - 13. Business process engineering: right-sized solutions

For the 13th instalment of 'Industry Reflections', Lio Grealou elaborates on the value of effective process design and mapping, discussing the QR_ approach towards value-driven process solutioning and problem solving.

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The people behind PLM

Rob Ferrone, founding director at Quick Release_ takes a look behind the PLM curtain, discussing the many forms and functions within the industry and the benefits of an integrated, people-centric approach.

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Industry Reflections - 12. Looking at the big picture: integrated engineering change

For the 12th instalment of 'Industry Reflections', Lio Grealou follows on from Harley Beattie's recent thoughts on Engineering Change Management (ECM) with a higher-level view of what it takes to successfully integrate systems, process and people to build trust in data. Get it right, and better data will underpin enhanced change traceability, improved governance and enhanced engineering efficiency,

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Industry Reflections - 11. Navigating the business change roadmap when implementing new operational capabilities

In the 11th instalment of his 'Industry Reflections' series, Lio Grealou discusses what it takes to build credible holistic business change roadmaps and associated considerations essential to successfully implementing new operational capabilities.

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Digital Plumbing: Diagnosing and fixing enterprise data leaks

An open discussion with Rob Ferrone, Quick Release_ co-founder and director, about bringing together product, enterprise, and customer data to deliver insight in a pragmatic, immediate, and outcome focused way. Why the "digital plumbing" analogy? In short, it refers to connecting things across a combination of data, processes, and IT systems—a.k.a. the product data management professionals, men and women who are able to think out-of-the-box and bridge the gap across business and technical domains.

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