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Configuration Management for Senior Managers


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An accessible overview of CM for senior managers in product manufacturing and engineering environments, written by a world renowned consultant and practitioner.

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1: Introduction 2: Why CM 3: The CM System - Where to Start 4: CM and Software 5: Standard Foundation Blocks 6: Signatures on CM Documents 7: Process Improvement 8: Release Process 9: Bills of Material Process 10: Request for Change Process 11: Change Cost and Payback 12: Change Management 13: Field Change Process 14: Take It to the Bank

About the Author

Frank Watts has over forty-eight years of industrial and consultation experience as a design engineer, industrial engineer, manufacturing engineer, systems analyst, project manager, and in management. He founded his own specialist configuration management company to provide specific expertise in product release, change control, bills of material and other engineering documentation control issues.Formally a director of engineering services, a director of operations and a director of manufacturing engineering, Watts has worked for Caterpillar, Collins Radio, Control Data, Storage Technology, UFE and Archive. He has guided the development of engineering change control processes at numerous companies and made significant contributions towards improving new product release processes, installing MRP/ERP systems and new numbering systems, as well as helping companies attain a single BOM database and guided reengineering of CM processes. He is an NDIA Certified Configuration and Data Manager, author of several magazine articles and author of the Engineering Documentation Control Handbook and CM Metrics.

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